The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola has dismissed reports that he attempted resignation following Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s arrest, and consequent torture.
There was a report over the weekend stating that Ochola allegedly sent in resignation to President Museveni, but the fountain of honour called back the IGP with threats, telling him resignation was not an option.
A post from social media critic, Tom Voltaire Okwalinga cited that after; “the Special Forces Command dumped badly injured suspects at Gulu Police Station and forced officers there to prepare a charge sheet of people, whom they had not arrested and who were tortured and were in bad shape, the CIID of Gulu consulted IGP Ochola and Ochola told him not to prepare the charge sheets. It was at that time that Ochola called Jeje Odongo and told him to tell Museveni that he was going to resign.”
However, Ochola claims resigning that way would be “indiscipline on my part as an officer.”
“There are rumours circulating in the social media that I tendered in my resignation and the President refused, that information is false. The public should disregard that falsehood. Why should I resign when the security situation in the country is calm? Criminality has greatly reduced,” he said.
Meanwhile, protests have broken out in downtown Kampala around Kisekka Market over the arrest of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. The protesters have blocked Kyaggwe road with disused tires and set them on fire.
Police led by the Kampala Central Police Station commander Joseph Bakaleke are on the scene. Police have fired bullets and teargas and an operation to clear the road is underway.
Police has been reinforced by Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers to restore calm downtown.
The protest comes hours after a protest in Mityana on Sunday, August 19, 2018 left one dead and six others injured. The protest was over the arrest and alleged torture of Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake.