Deputy IGP: I am Ready for Work

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Clad in a navy blue suit, Muzeei spent close to one and a half hours in the VIP room at Parliament as the committee interacted with Tumwine and Ochola. He was finally led into the committee room by security as journalists struggled to take his picture.

Brigadier Sabiti Muzeei, the newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police, says he is ready for his new assignment. Muzeei appeared this afternoon before the appointment committee chaired by the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga for vetting.

 
President, Yoweri Museveni appointed Mzeyi on Sunday last week together with Okoth Ochola as the new Inspector General of Police. He also appointed General Elly Tumwine, Security Minister replacing General, Henry Tumukunde. The trio appeared before the vetting committee for approval of their appointments.
 

Clad in a navy blue suit, Muzeei spent close to one and a half hours in the VIP room at Parliament as the committee interacted with Tumwine and Ochola. He was finally led into the committee room by security as journalists struggled to take his picture.

 
Muzeyi spent about 40 minutes in the committee room before he stepped out and spoke to journalists. Looking calm and composed, Muzeei told journalists he was ready for the job. Muzeei declined to comment on the vetting process, saying he will organise a separate day to speak to journalists.

 
He declined to comment about his plans for the police and only promised to get back to journalists. Parliamentary security whisked off Muzeei before journalists could press more questions.  Earlier in the day, the newly appointed Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola also declined to speak to journalists. He left immediately after appearing before the Appointments Committee. 

 
Only the Security Minister-designate, General Elly Tumwine addressed journalists shortly after appearing before the committee. He called for team work to address the problem of insecurity in the country. If approved by parliament, the new security chiefs face an uphill task to restore the image of the Police force as well as public trust.

 
Police has repeatedly been accused of human rights violation, brutality, corruption, excessive use of force, misuse of fire arms and suppressing the opposition.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.