Parliaments Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has approved the newly appointed Security Minister, General Elly Tumwine. Also approved are the police chiefs, Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and his deputy, Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei.
The three where on Sunday appointed by President Yoweri Museveni in a security sector reshuffle that saw the sacking of the long serving Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Security Minister, Lieutenant-General Henry Tumukunde.
Uganda Radio Network-URN has this afternoon learnt from sources sitting on the Appointments Committee that MPs agreed to approve the three following their appearance.
According to sources, the incoming Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola was tasked to explain the mess in the police force in which he has been serving as General Kayihura's deputy.
URN learnt that the MPs cited the issue of deployment of crime preventers and other individuals not known to be part of the police force in operations. Police has in the past been accused of working with stick-welding men in operations within the Capital City.
The source says that Ochola, a career police officer with 30 years' experience, blamed the disorder on the outgoing IGP Kayihura whom he said was not respecting structures and building a personal force. He reportedly promised the committee to work with the top management in the Institution to ensure that they clean the police image.
After appearing before the committee clad in a navy blue suit matched with a white shirt and maroon tie, Ochola declined to speak to journalists about his interface with the committee.
Meanwhile, URN has also learnt from sources that the incoming Security Minister, General Elly Tumwine did not face a hard time convincing legislators that he's the right man to head one of the most sensitive ministries in Uganda. Tumwine has continuously represented the Uganda People's Defence Forces -UPDF in the Ugandan Parliament since 1986.
Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei who has been Commanding the Military Police was asked about militarisation of the Police Force given that he is coming from a military background. The MPs also reportedly asked Sabiiti how he is going to lead the Police Force whose mandate is different from that of military.
Sabiiti reportedly told the committee that he was going to be working with his boss IGP Okoth Ochola and also learn more about the police operations.
Ochola's approval brings a career police officer at the helm of the force for the first time in almost 17 years. The last career officer to be IGP was John Kisembo who was replaced by General Katumba Wamala in April 2001. Katumba was replaced in November 2005 by Kayihura who is due to hand over to Ochola.