Assessing Ochola's term as Police chief

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Analysts and stakeholders weigh in on Ochola's performance, with calls for the continuity of career police officers at the helm of the force.

KAMPALA | As Martins Okoth-Ochola handed over the reins of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) today, a retrospective examination of his leadership reveals a mixed legacy marked by both commendable progress and lingering challenges within the Uganda Police Force.

Analysts and stakeholders weigh in on Ochola's performance, with calls for the continuity of career police officers at the helm of the force.

Assuming office in the aftermath of the 2018 shake-up that ousted Gen Kale Kayihura, Ochola vowed to usher in a new era of accountability and efficiency within the police force.

However, some critics argue that his administration has fallen short of fully realising these promises.

Security analyst Freddie Egesa highlighted a perceived lack of scrutiny compared to Ochola's predecessor, Kayihura, raising questions about the extent of the police chief's accomplishments versus maintaining the status quo.

Egesa suggested that if Ochola is not granted another term, President Museveni should consider appointing a career police officer like Ochola to lead the force, emphasising the importance of continuity and institutional knowledge.

Retired police officer Asan Kasingye offered a contrasting perspective, defending Ochola's tenure and citing his significant contributions to upholding the dignity of the police force.

Kasingye underscored Ochola's legal grounding as a lawyer, which has informed his administration's adherence to the law.

In a similar vein, retired politician Waswa Lule underscored the critical nature of the police chief position, cautioning against prolonged vacancies and emphasizing the need for substantive leadership within the force.

As discussions surrounding Ochola's term gain momentum, it becomes evident that the Uganda Police Force faces a delicate balancing act between maintaining law and order while safeguarding the rights and freedoms of citizens.

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