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IGP Ochola promotes over 3000 officers to end five years of waiting

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Martins Okoth Ochola, has promoted a total of 3097 police officers to different new ranks in the force putting an end to five years of waiting.

Those promoted are junior officers from the rank of constables to inspector of police.

In a statement released by the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, 336 assistant inspectors of police were promoted to the rank of inspector of police, 404 sergeants were promoted to the rank of assistant inspector of police while 1,099 corporals were promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Another 1,258 police constables were promoted to the rank of corporal.

Of the promoted offices, 2,566 were male while 531 were female, according to the police statement read on Saturday.

” The Inspector-General of Police in the exercise of powers delegated from the president has promoted 2566 male and 531 female officers to various ranks of Inspector of Police(IP), Assistant Inspector of Police, (AIP) Sergeant (SGT) and Corporal (CPL),” the statement reads.

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“The promotion of the subordinate officers was done in accordance with the laid down established procedures and in accordance with the Uganda Public Service standing orders (2010) and the Police standing orders,”Enanga said.

He noted that the promotions were based on transparency, openness and objectivity to ensure fairness and equity of the process.

He said the promotion was based on performance, current responsibility, leadership abilities and command abilities.

“We also looked at the time spent on the rank, discipline and length of service,” Enanga said.

An end to five years of waiting

The latest development has brought to an end, five years of waiting for promotions in the Uganda Police Force.

Promotions were last done in the force in 2016 and a number of reasons were cited including lack of money in form of new salary structures to cater for the new offices and rank that were to be given to officers.

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