Maj. Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi hands over office to new Deputy IGP Maj. Gen Paul Lokech

Maj. Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi has handed over office to the newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Maj. Gen Paul Lokech. The handover function took place at Naguru Police headquarters, in Kampala.

He was welcomed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola who later took him around the Police headquarters. Maj. Gen Lokech vowed to work with his boss towards maintaining their role of keeping law and order.

Maj. Gen Lokech was last week appointed DIGP in the army changes where President Museveni named his son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the commandant of the Special Forces Command (SFC) replacing Maj. Gen. James Brungi who was sent on special assignment in South Sudan.

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Major General Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi, has been the DIGP of the Uganda Police Force, the second-highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government, since March 4th, 2018.

Who is Maj. Gen Paul Lokech?

Paul Lokech is a senior military officer who was between November 2017 and December 2019, he served on special assignment “to monitor on behalf of the guarantors of the South Sudan peace process, the assembling, screening, demobilization and integration of the armed forces of South Sudan”.

Before that, he served as Chief of Staff of the UPDF Air Force, for a period of five months, from 11 July 2019, until 11 December 2019.

Prior to that, from December 2018 until July 2019, he was Commandant of Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC), in Jinja, in the Eastern Region of Uganda. He was appointed to that position in December 2018.

His military career includes service in various leadership capacities, including two tours as the Commander of the Uganda contingent to Somalia, as part of the AMISOM peace-keeping force. The first tour was between 2011 and 2012. His second Somalia rotation was from 2017 until 2018.

During his first tour, Lokech commanded Battle Groups Eight and Nine, responsible for ejecting Al-Shabaab militants from Mogadishu in 2011.

Before his second tour in Somalia, he was the Commanding Officer of the Second UPDF Division, based at Makenke Barracks, in Mbarara, in the Western Region of Uganda. He has previously served as the Military Attaché at Uganda’s Embassy to Russia, based in Moscow.

He has also served as part of Uganda’s peace-keeping forces in South Sudan. He was part of Operation Safe Haven (OSH), a UPDF operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo intended to neutralize the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

In February 2019, Museveni promoted over 2,000 men and women to various ranks in the UPDF. As part of that exercise, Paul Lokech was promoted from Brigadier to Major General. His name was inadvertently left off the original list, and the Uganda military apologized for that omission.

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