The Inspector-General of Police-
IGP Martin Okoth Ochola has ordered for the arrest and trial of Yasser
Masinde Okot, the Busoga East Region Information Communication Technology–ICT Commander.
It all stems from pictures that went viral on Social media over the weekend
showing the Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP lying on the floor at a
drinking joint. The pictures were accompanied with videos
showing the police boss engaging in funny strokes at the drinking joint fully
dressed in his uniform.
A police officer at the same rank with Okot told Uganda
Radio Network –URN on Saturday that the officer is diabetic and had been warned
against alcohol consumption in vain. According to the officer, Okot has repeatedly
been picked up unconscious from bars by his colleagues.
Fred Enanga confirmed that Okot is both diabetic and epileptic but addicted to
alcohol. He says that the IGP has decided to take stringent action against Okot
because he has been cautioned severally by the police leadership and medics to
stop taking alcohol in vain.
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Enanga explained that Okot was first found
unconscious in his compound in Bugiri. His colleagues took him to hospital but
after regaining energy, he went to a bar near his home where he started
drinking and making funny dance strokes while in police uniform.
Okot faces charges of discreditable conduct
contrary to section 44 of the Police Act. Once convicted, Okot could be
dismissed from the police force. He will be tried at Busoga East regional
Last week, Ochola ordered the Police Court
chaired by Senior Commissioner, Charles Birungi to swiftly try Constable Nathan
Kanyesige who featured in a video clip very drunk while tearing documents at
his workstation in Butambala District.
Kanyesige was charged with irregular conduct. He
was found guilty, convicted and dismissed from the police force. Ochola said
Kanyesige’s conduct was out of order and tainted the police image.
Ochola through Enanga warned officers against
engaging in acts that contravene the conduct of the police force. The IGP vowed
to dismiss all police officers who drink themselves silly thus tainting the police
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.