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IGP Ochola ordered Kayihura ally to quit police force

by Odongo Christopher

The Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola has directed the powerful Police Director of Engineering and Logistics, Godfrey Bangirana, to vacate office.

Bangirana is considered the wealthiest police officer alive, having served in police’s key departments for decades.

Ochola told Bangirana that his contract was yet to be renewed hence the need for him to hand over office.

“Records available indicate that your contract that was renewed on July 17, 2017 expired on July 16, 2019,” said Ochola in a letter dated July 19 to Bangirana.

“It is also on record that you applied to the Secretary Police Authority for consideration for renewal which has not yet been done,” emphasised Ochola.

“While we await the decision of police authority, it is only proper that you hand over office to SPC Richard Edyegu who is one of the Deputy Directors in that Directorate.”

The development comes just months after Director of Interpol, AIGP Fred Yiga, 59, left the force due to delays in contract renewal.

Last year President Museveni, directed the DIGP Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi to scrutinize the performance of all directors before renewal of their contracts.

It is understood three police bosses who are expected to exit the force soon include AIGP Dr Steven Kasiima, the Director of Traffic and Road Safety, AIGP Joseph Mugisa, the Director of Fire and Rescue Services and AIGP Remmy Twinomugisha, In charge of Welfare and Production Directorate.

In his letter, Ochola told Bangirana, who also has been a subject of an investigation by the IGG over alleged mismanagement of police resources, that his “continued stay in office is bound to raise several queries by the Head Public Service.”

An official told us that it was unlikely that Bangirana will return to office given the questions raised by whistleblowers about his alleged conduct.

Bangirana was accused of superintending several fraudulent procurements including inflating costs for the repair of a police chopper that had been grounded for 15 years to Shs 10bn.

He also was accused of inflating the construction cost the four-storey Nateete Police Station and awarding contracts to friendly suppliers which saw police accumulate over Shs 125bn in arrears.

The police have since issued statements to dismiss charges against Bangirana as “false.”

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