The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has reshuffled the police in Kampala and Wakiso ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Gen. Yoweri Museveni slated for May 12. A source familiar with the changes says a list implicating police officers suspected to be opposition sympathisers was shared with office of the IGP.
“The president still blames the November 2020 protests on a team of senior police officers who he says could not do enough to rescue the NRM supporters from rowdy opposition supporters,” the well placed security source says. “A list has since been made where the violence took pace during protests. Police commanders in those particular areas were blacklisted and an executive order was issued to have them transferred,” the source adds.
The changes being made are to tighten security grip on the city which according to intelligence remains an opposition stronghold. The newly deployed police personnel have a military training history which the IGP believes can be used in case of mayhem during the inauguration ceremony.