KAMPALA – Former Traffic Police Director Dr Steven Kasiima and his Engineering counterpart AIGP Godfrey Bangirana are not among the list of senior police officers whose contracts have been renewed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The police directors, who are at the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police (AIGP), had handed over their offices after the President delayed renewal of their contracts since their expiry early last year.
But now the President has renewed the contracts of eight of the directors. They include AIGP Joseph Mugisa, who now returns to head the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Response Services, AIGP Erasmus Twaruhukwa who returns as police Director of Legal and Human Rights and AIGP Francis Rwego, Uganda Police attache at African Union in Addis- Ababa.
AIGP Asan Kasingye who Is also police force’s Chief Political Commissar, said he and his colleagues have all recieved two years contracts.
The others are Edward Ochom who is also police’s Director of Research, Abbas Byakagaba, the Director- Counter-Terrorism, Andrew Sorowen, the Director sports and general duties and John Ndungutse Ngaruye who serves as police attache at EAPCCO in Nairobi, Kenya.
However, the contracts of Dr Kasiima and Dr Bangirana have not been renewed, meaning that their time in police could be over.
While we could not immediately establish the fate of Dr Kusiima, Mr Bangirana was last year in the news over alleged corruption.
Last year, the Inspectorate of Government said it was investigating Mr Bangirana for alleged financial impropriety.
Mr Bangirana was accused of misappropriating more than Shs 100 billion stemming from inflated procurement costs on the implementation of police projects. The projects being queried include the construction of Natete police station and the repair of an old police chopper.
During a May recent security meeting at State House Entebbe, Mr Ochola tabled police directors’ contracts before the President for renewal but the latter declined to pen his signature.
State House sources added that Mr Museveni tasked IGP Ochola to show cause why old Director’s contracts should be renewed.
“Most of those police officers are above 45 years of age and I don’t think it is necessary to for them to stay in office,” a source quoted the President saying.
“Police needs young, energetic and brilliant officers who can battle with these young and stubborn opposition leaders,” Adds the President during a security meeting which was attended by top security chiefs.
Officers at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) were last year given a two-year extension after the expiry of their contracts.