IGP Deploys 17 Officers to Newly Formed Mineral Protection Unit

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Taban Chiriga moves from Police headquarters to lead operations in the unit while Abby Caleb Tashobya moves from the Criminal Investigations Directorate to head investigations under the unit.

The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura has assigned 17 senior police officers to the newly formed police Mineral Protection Unit.

 
The officers between the ranks of Assistant Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police are in charge of handling issues relating to illegal mining, Environmental degradation caused by mining as well as unsafe mining methods.



The team will be stationed in the Ministry of Energy and mineral Development. In a message issued by the Deputy Inspector General of Government, Okoth Ochola detective Sarah Mwesigwa moves from the Directorate Logistic and Engineering to become the officer in charge of Administration and Finance. 

 
Taban Chiriga moves from Police headquarters to lead operations in the unit while Abby Caleb Tashobya moves from the Criminal Investigations Directorate to head investigations under the unit.

 
Ian Kakuru moves from Rwenzori East to become the legal officer of the unit while Mahad Kyagera is in charge of Criminal Intelligence.  According to the message, the transfers take immediate effect. The roles of the unit however duplicate the mandate of the Environmental police Unit as well as NEMA.  Kayihura approved the setup of the Unit in consultation with the Energy Ministry.


At the time, Jessica Keigomba, the former Interpol liaison officer at Entebbe Airport was named the commandant of the unit. 

 

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