One hundred and nineteen senior police officers from the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) have today been adorned with epaulets depicting their new ranks at police headquarters in Naguru.
The officers are part of 569 newly promoted men and women police officers, the lowest being promoted from Inspector of Police (IP) to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
One Uganda Peoples Defence Forces officer, Colonel Ndahura Atwooki was one of those promoted, gaining the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP). Other notable names include Sam Omala, James Ruhweza, Siraj Bakaleke and Polly Namaye, all of who have been promoted from Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
ACPs Omala, Ruhweza and Bakaleke became common faces for their roles in trying to contain street protests in Kampala involving opposition figures including among others Dr Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the embattled city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, while ACP Namaye is Deputy Spokesperson of the Police.
Also promoted is former Sipi region commander Superintendent of Police (SP) Gerald Twishime Byensi, who now becomes SSP. He is remembered for recently ordering police officers under his command to shoot bullets and fire tear gas canisters to disperse crowds that had invited FDC flag bearer Dr Besigye to ‘witness the poor living conditions’ in which they lived in Tariet Internally Displaced Camp (IDP) in Bukwo district on January 6 this year.
Other prominent faces are SP Norman Musinga, the Commandant Highway Traffic Police, who now becomes SSP, and Muhammad kirumira, who is now Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
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