Frank Mwesigwa, the new Police Director of Operations.

After Years of Silence, Kyagulanyi’s Tormentor Frank Mwesigwa Resurfaces as Police’s Director Operations

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President Yoweri Museveni has returned Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Frank Mwesigwa to powerful police command position of Director of Operations Service since his actions during the 2020 presidential campaigns which left 54 people killed.

Mwesigwa, who was promoted to his current rank in 2022, commanded operations that led to the arrest of National Unit Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, on November 18, 2020, at a campaign rally in Luuka District in Busoga.

Soon after the news of Bobi Wine’s arrest spread on mainstream and social media channels, hundreds of his supporters took to the streets demanding his immediate release. In response, uniformed and nonuniformed security personnel and operatives opened fire at protesters in different parts of the country leaving 54 dead, a number which was captured in the police force report in 2020 while scores survived with injuries.

Mwesigwa after the 2020 incident has been in the quiet position of deputy director of Counter-Terrorism (CT) police, an elite unit that rarely engages in civilian-related activities save for terror-related tasks, guarding elite persons and key government installations.

But Mwesigwa’s appointment as Operations Service (OPS) Director is likely to make him appear more often in the public compared to where he has been since 2020.

He replaces Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP John Nuwagira who has been sent to the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).

Mwesigwa previously served as Commander of Kampala Metropolitan and it was during his tenure that several prominent Muslim Sheikhs and senior security officers like AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and Maj Muhammad Kiggundu were assassinated. This made many criticize him that he was perhaps not in charge of the City’s security.

His appointment is part of the new changes that President Museveni has made in the Police Force hardly a year before the next elections. The changes have seen some of the UPDF officers who have been part of the Police Force.  Uganda Police will be headed by Abbas Byakagaba who replaces retired Martins Okoth Ochola. Museveni has named AIGP Fadhir Kaali as the new Director of Fire and Rescue Services replacing retired AIGP Joseph Mugisa.

Senior Commissioner of Police, Charles Kataratambi has been appointed director of Legal Services replacing retired AIGP Erasmus Twarahukwa. Senior Commissioner of Police, Hadijah Namutebi has been moved from Chief Political Commissariat (CPC) and appointed director of Welfare and Production replacing retired AIGP Charles Birungi.

Brig Gen Godfrey Golooba, who has been serving as Director director of Human Resource Development (HRD) has been returned to Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and replaced with Senior Commissioner of Police, Moses Kafeero.

Moses Kafeero has been the commander of Bwebajja Police Command and Staff College. Golooba was moved into the police force in 2019 alongside Brig Gen Chris Damulira who is the director of Crime Intelligence, Brig Jesse Kamunanwire who is the director of Human Resource Management, and Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba as Chief of Joint Staff.

Museveni took back Maj Gen Bakasumba into the Army and he is currently serving as army Chief of Joint Staff while Maj Gen Abel Kandiho was appointed to replace him. However, Museveni according to security sources has indicated that the position of Chief of Joint Staff is not necessary for the police force and he is planning to scrap it even though he is the one who created it in 2019.

Other appointments include that of SCP David Waiswa who was assigned to head the Directorate of Counter-Terrorism. He replaces Byakagaba who has become the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) and SCP Ubaldo Bamunoba has been appointed as the new Chief Political Commissariat (CPC) replacing SCP Namutebi.

*Source – URN*

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