While speaking on behalf of the 254 police officers who were recently promoted and pipped this morning at Naguru Police Headquarters, AIGP Edyegu said some of the colleagues had waited to be promoted for more than 30 years and had totally lost hope.
promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP Richard Edyegu has said that many police officers had lost hope for any kind of promotion while serving in the police force.
on behalf of the 254 police officers who were recently promoted and pipped this morning at Naguru Police Headquarters, AIGP Edyegu said some of the colleagues had waited to be promoted
for more than 30 years and had totally lost hope.
held promotions six years ago during the reign of Gen Edward Kale Kayihura as
Inspector General of Police. But President Yoweri Museveni exercising his
powers as commander in chief of armed forces last week promoted 773 police
officers to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) to AIGP.
Out of the
773 elevated officers, the reigning IGP, Martin Ochola, invited all those that
are within Kampala for official pipping. AIGP Edyegu who had also spent nearly
10 years on Senior Commissioner rank, said the new promotions have rejuvenated
and oxygenated their zeal for police work.
chapter has been written for each of us. You have fired us, you have
reenergized us, you have rejuvenated us, you have transfused and oxygenated us.
You have wiped the tears from some of
us who had lost hope. There is someone who has been Inspector for the last 30
years,” AIGP Edyegu said.
also appreciated subordinates of all promoted police officers because they do the donkey work while the commanders get the credit. He said if
the subordinates were not cooperative, the police authority would perhaps have had
no basis for the assessment of their performance in order to recommend them for promotion.
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IGP Martin Okoth Ochola reminded the promoted officers that their elevation is an explanation
that hard work and commitment can lead someone to greater heights. Ochola told
the decorated officers to exhibit temporary leadership in their respective
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urged all promoted officers to always honour their families because they absorb
the work related stress. He said wives, husbands and children do great things
in the life of serving officers and in so doing, they indirectly serve the
The Director of Human Resource Management, AIGP Jesse Kamunanwire, said officers should forget the
science explanation that goes ‘the higher you go the cooler it becomes’ but accept
that in the forces it is “the higher you go the hotter it becomes.”
Kamunanwire said every step a security person takes comes with elevated
responsibility. They must at all times be the first responders and guardians of
subordinates under their newly acquire ranks.
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.