The Police has finally spoken out on the health
of Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, saying the head of Police
is battling with unstable high blood pressure.
Ochola has been unwell for months now but
the Police has been hesitant to comment about the matter as it is a personal
matter of health.
Now the Police Pathologist Dr. Moses
Byaruhanga has told the Parliamentary Committee on Defence that the IGP has
been advised against sitting in long and tiring meetings, and although he is
working, his physician has been visiting him frequently. Byaruhanga says that
Ochola is working from the office.
Byaruhanga appeared with a team of Police
officers and Ministry of Internal Affairs officials led by Minister Gen.
Kahinda Otafire to answer questions related to security and the Internal Affairs
The chairperson of the committee Rosemary Nyakikongoro said members of
Parliament were concerned over the constant unavailability of the IGP Martin
According to Byaruhanga, two weeks ago,
Ochola was given sick leave for him to stabilize. He says that ever since
Ochola’s blood pressure has been unstable since the loss of his only brother,
and the recent demise of the Deputy IGP Gen Paul Lokech. He says that Police medics have advised
that Ochola should not be in stressful conditions, and especially long and
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Ochola was represented by Police’s Chief
Joint Security Gen. Jack Bakasumba.
Ochola has been absent especially on key events like the burial of Gen. Paul
Lokech because of his poor health.
Geoffrey Macho, the Busia Municipality MP
said that there were rumors ongoing that the IGP is on oxygen, and the official
representative of Police in the meeting should explain exactly what is wrong.
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Bakasumba stood up and said that indeed
Ochola was unwell and that’s why the Police doctor came to explain this.
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Gen. Otafire also communicated that the
Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija was also unwell which is
why he had to step away from today’s meeting.