Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura

Detectives aged 40 years and above have all been moved out of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID), with others transferred to other directorates, Daily Monitor has learnt.

The directive was issued last week in two police messages signed by the Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura. Gen. Kayihura said the last group of older detectives will be replaced by a group of detectives he described as young and versatile in crime investigations.

Both President Museveni and Gen. Kayihura have previously complained in public about the slow pace of performance by CID that has resulted in a huge backlog of cases.
In the transfers, six commissioners were assigned to other directorates.

The commissioners include: Charles Birungi, CID administrator; Dennis Odongpiny, head of economic crimes department; Simon Kuteesa, head of Media Crimes Department; and Charles Kataratambi, head of Anti narcotics Department.

Other Commissioners are Moses Binoga, who has been heading Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Stephen Otim, and Kampala Metropolitan Police CID director Paul Kato.
A senior police source said transfers are aimed at stamping out corruption, malingering and also create a better working environment for young officers who were elevated to higher positions in the directorate.

“The recently appointed CID director (Grace Akullo) and her deputies were once subordinates of most of these transferred officers. It was wise for them to be removed to give the new management breathing space,” the source said.

Interestingly, the new office bearers of CID departments are below the rank of commissioner which means they will be holding office in acting capacity.
According to police human resource standards, a department should be headed by an officer at the rank of a commissioner.

Among the new young officers that have been transferred to CID are Superintendent Fred Enanga, who has been at the United Nations Mission, and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Beata Chelimo from Aviation Police.

Mr Enanga is now the acting commissioner in-charge of Economic Crimes while Ms Chelimo has been appointed commandant of SIU. ASP Idro Obolejo, who worked with Ms Akullo at SIU, has also been transferred to CID headquarters.

Before the Justice Julia Ssebutinde Inquiry into the mismanagement of the Police, the CID had enjoyed a special status since the Uganda Police Force was established.

By Andrew Bagala, Daily Monitor

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