In August 2018, Ochola revamped the Flying Squad Unit –FSU and placed it under the direct supervision of the Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID led by AIGP Grace Akullo. He directed CID to screen all personnel in the unit, which saw 40 out of 120 personnel dropped.
Flying Squad commander SSP Godwin Tugume
After assuming office in March 2018,
the Inspector of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola disbanded the dreaded
Flying Squad Unit– FSU for among other reasons tainting the image of the police
The Unit that was under the Command of Assistant
Commissioner of Police Herbert Muhangi was being accused of torturing
suspects at its headquarters at Kampala Central Police Station and
Nalufenya in Jinja District that was being used as a detention facility for high profile suspects.
Specifically created by the former IGP Edward Kale Kayihura to fight violent
crime such as kidnaps, armed robberies and murders. However, the Unit came under the spotlight when
officers were implicated for extortion, robbery and torture.
In August 2018, Ochola revamped the unit and placed it under the direct supervision of the Criminal
Investigations Directorate led by AIGP Grace Akullo. He directed the CID
to screen the personnel in the unit, which saw 40 out of 120 personnel dropped.
After the screening exercise, Ochola allowed the unit to resume operations under
the command of Senior Superintendent of Police Peter Kakonge, who was later replaced with Godwin
Tugume. According to records from the Criminal
Investigations Directorate, the Flying Squad has helped
CID to arrest 248 suspects involved in cases of murder, robbery and kidnap, over the last two years.
“A lot of reforms have been taken including screening,
creation of other detaches and plans are underway to have Flying Squad units
introduced in all Police Stations, Divisions and Regions,” Akullo states in his
latest report. According to the statistics, the Flying Squad
Unit handled 24 murder cases in 2019, 19 kidnaps, 20 aggravated robberies and
recovered twelve firearms.
As a support unit for police operations and
investigations, Flying Squad had handled 67 cases leading to
75 arrests, recovery of 12 guns and 167 bullets by the end of 2018. One of the major criminal syndicate Flying
Squad is applauded for dismantling last year was the Young Mulo’s criminal gang
that had killed more than 20 Bodaboda riders in Kampala City, Wakiso and
Also known as Tamale Aloysius, Young Mulo’s gang
comprised Umar Senyonga, Bod Mubale alias Musoga Ben, Majidu Bandiho alias
Kagame and John Bosco Mugisha alias Mukiga. “Young Mulo would plant his accomplices, at well-surveilled
locations where they jointly attacked and killed their victims. On other
occasions, the assailants would hire a Boda-boda rider whom they would attack
and kill. Their victims were randomly selected,” the police report reads.
Some of the victims of the gang include Derrick
Mulindwa who was strangled at Kakeeka Mengo, Nsubuga Abdallah, Galete Emmanuel,
Damiano Sekalaba, Tom Malaba and Nkata Godfrey. Senior police officers
who spoke to Uganda Radio Network –URN said Flying Squad did all the dubious
acts because they were previously reporting directly to Gen Kayihura.
CID and Kampala police leadership with almost no say about their actions. “We are happy that suspects are no longer
tortured and maimed by Flying Squad. We thank IGP who put them under CID
directorate,” a senior police officer said.