The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has pointed out that the first African head of the Ugandan Police Force Wilson Erinayo Oryema was a former soldier.
Kayihura says before Oryema joined police and ascended to the position of IGP, he was in the Kings Africans Rifles (KAR).
Kayihura says it is their shared military background in an institution that emphasises discipline that enabled them to rise to the top of the Uganda Police Force (UPF).
Kayihura says despite criticism from politicians and civil society, he is proud of his military background. He says that under his leadership, the police has become a more disciplined force.
Kayihura made the remarks during a ceremony ahead of preparations to rebury the first Ugandan IGP Wilson Oryema.
One of Oryema’s daughters Gertrude Oryema now in her late 60s indeed confirmed that her father was a soldier before he joined the police. An emotional Getrude says that seeing Kayihura only reminds her of her deceased father.
Meanwhile Uganda Police force has announced plans to hold an annual memorial lecture for the first African IGP Wilson Erinayo Oryema at Makerere University aimed at improving the image of the police as an institution.
For the inaugural event, police say a German based Doctor Jude Kagoro from the University of Bremen who has done major research about the Uganda Police will be the main speaker on policing and security.
The deputy special duties, Dennis Odongpiny says that although the date for the annual memorial lecture has not yet been confirmed, it will be held before the end of the year. The lecture will bring together many academicians, retired police officers and security personnel.
Odonpiny says the police have offered five air tickets to Oryema’s children in the diaspora to attend the lecture and reburial. Police will also ensure the closest relatives of all former police heads will be taken care of.