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Iganga journalists commend outgoing DPC, pledge to embrace his successor

The incoming DPC Iganga, Byaruhanga Patrick appreciated the people of Iganga for organizing a farewell party for his predecessor and commended the nice hospitality accorded to him as new DPC.

SP Muhairwe Kenneth (in blue suit) receiving a certificate from Iganga Journalists Association (IJA) members (Photos: Simon Peter Isabirye)

IGANGA, UGANDA: Iganga Journalists under their umbrella association, Iganga Journalists Association (IJA) have commended the outgoing district police commander (DPC), SP Muhairwe Kenneth for working closely with the fourth estate.

While handing over a certificate of appreciation to SP Muhairwe on Thursday at Fort Lugard Hotel, the team of IJA members led by their chairperson Kigobero Wilson says the outgoing DPC has worked closely in protecting rights of journalists as well as actively working with them on the frontline as they executed their duties.

“We appreciate SP Muhairwe Kenneth for maintaining a good working condition between security and journalists and we call upon him to exhibit the same wherever he go,” says Kigobero before welcome SP Byaruhanga Patrick who has taken over from the later.
He urged the new DPC to maintain the good relationship between security and the fourth estate.

SP Muhairwe was transferred to Entebbe, still as a commander and he will luckily be manning police where the country’s state house is based. He served as Iganga DPC since October 2020.

SP Muhairwe (in blue suit) humbled for the love shown to him by journalists.

While giving his farewell remarks at the party organized by among others his colleagues in uniform and business community, SP Muhairwe commended people in Iganga for having nurtured him to do his work better.

“My work in Iganga has just stopped here but my colleague has come in and is going to do the best, I thank the people of Iganga for having nurtured me and made me to love my work because police work cannot be done alone, you have to do it with the community and stakeholders,” says SP Muhairwe.

Muhairwe urged his successor to work closely with the community and be interactive with everyone as he assumes the office of DPC Iganga. He also urged all police officers to work for the public and avoid associating with criminal acts.

“I call upon the police officers I’m leaving behind and my colleague taking over as Iganga DPC to work for the community and welcome everyone. Let their door be opened to everyone and they should not do anything against the law but focus on working with people to have a better Iganga,” SP Muhairwe added.

The incoming DPC Iganga, Byaruhanga Patrick appreciated the people of Iganga for organizing a farewell party for his predecessor and commended the nice hospitality accorded to him as new DPC. He pledged to work diligently.
“I want to thank you for appreciating the works of my colleague Kenneth on his farewell party and as well giving me a good hospitality, I pledge to work with everyone to maintain the legacy left by my brother,” says SP Patrick Byaruhanga.

The Regional Police Commander Busoga East region, SSP Asiimwe Samuel says transfers are normal in the force and no individual should claim responsibility of the transfer.
“Don’t be like the Al-Shabaab who raises up to claim responsibility after any military attack. Transfers in police are normal and no one should claim to be behind it like others do,” SSP Asiimwe said.

The farewell party attracted among others, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Iganga Wandera Sadala, Mayor Iganga municipal council Bamu Lulenzi, police officers at various ranks both from region and district plus the business community.

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