Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga explains that promotion was based on performance, current responsibility, leadership abilities, command abilities, time spent on rank, discipline, patriotism and integrity. Other considerations are length of service in the force, level of education, career courses attended, record of service and physical fitness among others.
The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, has promoted more than three thousand lower rank policemen and women.
The elevation of lower rank personnel was last held in February 2016 during the term of General Kale
Kayihura. A number of officers have been expressing
disappointment with police leadership for not conducting promotions despite Police Council having recommended for resumption of the exercise in 2019.
Some lower rank police personnel can now have a smile after Police
Spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that Ochola had
promoted 3,097 police personnel to various ranks.
“We would like to inform the public that the IGP in exercising delegated
powers from His Excellency the President, has promoted 3,097 subordinate officers to
various ranks," Enanga said in a statement.
The ranks mentioned in the statement include Inspector of Police (IP), Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP), Sergeant (SGT) and Corporal (CPL). Out of the promoted officers,
2,566 are male while 531 are female.
Enanga explains that promotion was based on performance, current responsibility,
leadership abilities, command abilities, time spent on rank, discipline,
patriotism and integrity. Other considerations are length of service in the force, level of education,
career courses attended, record of service and physical fitness among others.
“We want to add that out of a grand total of 11,823 subordinated police
officers recommended for promotion to the next rank by their territorial
commanders, 3,097 were successfully vetted in consideration of the key
parameters indicated above,” Enanga added.
Police have promoted 336 officers from the rank of Assistant
Inspector of Police (AIP) to Inspector of Police (IP). The promoted officers,
according to Appointments Committee, had stayed on the rank for 10 years and
above. Other AIPs had served in the force for 32 years but with nine years
on the rank of AIP plus officers from formed units were successfully
At least 404 officers have been promoted from the rank of Sergeant to AIP and those
promoted had stayed on the rank of SGT for 10 years and above. The police
officers with 31 years experience but who had spent nine years on the rank of SGT, plus
officers in formed units and specialized units, were successfully vetted.
Enanga explains that the police force embraces promotions as a key priority because it strengthens command and control, addresses career growth of
personnel and also acts as recognition factor or reward for good performance which improves morale and motivates staff.
Corporals promoted to Sergeant are 1,099 and had stayed on the rank for at least nine
years whereas 1,258 Police Constables have also been promoted to the rank of Corporal. The promoted
Constables had served for at least 14 years and above.
Senior Staff Reporter
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.