The army has recalled former commander in the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) turned Special Forces Command (SFC), Lt Col Atwooki Ndahura Birakurataki who has been serving as the police Director in charge of Crime Intelligence.
Col.Ndahura was in 2015 appointed the head the Crime Intelligence which had been just formed in the wave of a spate of violent crimes in the country which had been attributed to lack of intelligence by the police.
According to the UPDF spokesperson Brig.Richard Karemire, Ndahura has been recalled after his tour of duty in the police force expired recently.
“Col. Atwooki Ndahura’s tour of duty with the Uganda Police Force has come to the end,”Brig.Karemire told the Nile Post.
“He is with immediate effect recalled back to the UPDF to be given other assignments by army leadership.”
In 2015, the then police spokesperson Fred Enanga described Col.Ndahura as having capabilities and requirements needed by the force.
Crime Intelligence was under the Crime Investigations and Intelligence Directorate before being split into two.
Martin Okoth Ochola, the new Inspector General of Police this week made a number of changes amongst the police units and directorates and among them was the reverting of Crime Intelligence back to CIID headed by Grace Akullo.
Previously, most of the units in the force reported directly to the office of the Inspector General of Police.
Ndahura was in December one of the sureties for the former commander of the Police Professional Standards Joel Aguma as he sought for bail in the army court in Makindye over kidnap charges but the court declined to release him.
Lt.Gen.Andrew Guti, the court chairman ruled that Ndahura had not asked for permission from the Inspector General of Police as required by the police standing orders.
The last police function that Col. Ndahura attended was the handover of office by Gen.Kale Kayihura to Ochola as police chief at the Naguru headquarters last week.
Speaking during his vetting process, Ochola told the Parliamentary Appointments Committee that the police force died the day Gen. Katumba Wamala left as IGP in 2005 adding that many junior officers had been given powers more than their seniors in the force.
President Museveni has on several occasions warned the police leadership to clean the force of wrong elements whom he said sabotage it work.
Speaking during the Women’s day celebrations in Mityana recently, Museveni said the police had been attacked by bean weevils.