As Uganda Police Force boss General Kale Kayihura continues to try eliminating criminal gangs that terrorise people in the Kampala metropolitan and its surrounding areas, he has promoted Mr Fred Yiga, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) to Director of Chief Political Commisariate.
AIGP Yiga has been in charge of United Nations Mission and a few days ago warned that the national security was at stake if the security agencies do not act swiftly on the increasing criminal gangs in the country.
“Criminal gangs are a time bomb for national security. We need to reinforce our internal policing systems. This, we need to do swiftly before criminals take over the country,” he said about Kifeesi gangs on Monday and now has been put in an office that is meant to neutralise them.
The notorious ‘Kifeesi crew’ is a ragtag group of pickpockets, robbers and burglars who operate in the city, waylaying residents and travellers.
Mr Yiga said the police was to emphasize on stringent action being taken on crime abettors within the police force and other government and private security agencies.
AIGP Yiga, who replaces AIGP Assuman Mugenyi. As chief Political Commisariate, AIGP Yiga is tasked with ensuring a culture of professionalism takes root among all personnel in the force, and to fight indiscipline among others.
Elsewhere, AIGP Assuman Mugenyi, who has been appointed the Director of Operations, replaces AIGP Haruna Isabirye. As Director Operations, AIGP Mugenyi is now charged with integrating all operational units of the police Force such as Police stations and posts among other duties.
AIGP Isabirye is the first officer at his rank to head ASTU which has recently been made independent from Field Force Unit.
‘These transfers are normal, take immediate effect from the time of signing and are aimed at ensuring that the rectification campaign the Police has embarked on gains ground so as to be more accountable, efficient and professional in delivering Police services to the people in Uganda,’ a release by police states in part.