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Police Caution Public Against Speculation on Next Inspector General of Police

The public has been cautioned by the police against engaging in speculation concerning the next Inspector General of Police (IGP) or the potential renewal of Mr. Martin Okoth Ochola’s term.

Ochola, who assumed office in 2018 succeeding Gen Kale Kayihura, is set to complete his term on March 4. This has sparked public concern regarding whether he will retain his position or if a new appointment will be made.

Fred Enanga, the Force’s spokesperson, addressed journalists at police headquarters in Naguru on Monday, issuing a warning regarding these speculations. He stated, “The police frequently receive speculation about the renewal of the IGP’s position or the possibility of a new appointment. We have noticed media reports suggesting internal conflicts within the top leadership as they compete for the position.”

Enanga stressed that such claims are baseless, affirming that the role of the IGP is prestigious and demands dedication and political astuteness to attain. According to police protocol, the IGP must exhibit competence in leadership and administration.

“It is not a position susceptible to lobbying; rather, qualified candidates undergo rigorous vetting by the police authority before their names are submitted to the appointing authority, the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, President Museveni,” Enanga explained.

He urged the public to await the outcome concerning the renewal of the IGP’s term or the appointment of a new individual. “Those who believe they can influence the president’s decision are mistaken. This process falls under the jurisdiction of the police authority, and they are competent in their assessment. Let us wait until March 4 to determine whether the current IGP will continue or if a new appointment will be made,” Enanga concluded.


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