The Inspector General of Government has been petitioned to remove from office senior police officers whose contracts expired.
The letter dated December 18, 2019 was received on January 14, 2020 by the office of the IG.
The letter cites illegal occupation of officer by former senior personnel of Uganda police under the protection and watch of Inspector General of Police.
“The captioned subject refers to wherein we address you on instructions of Tayebwa Martin, an advocate of high court of Uganda and a defender of the rule of law,” it reads.
The letter accuses IGP Okoth Ochola of sheltering, giving work and assigning official government duties to individuals whose tenure of office has long expired.
They include; Joseph Mugisa, Lemmy Twinomugisha, Asuman Mugyenyi, Haji Moses Balimwoyo and Dr Stephen Kasiima.
Lawyers Richard Rugambwa and Isaac Atukunda say the above persons have no mandate to execute duties purportedly on behalf of police or government of Uganda.
Their working contracts have neither been renewed nor extended by the legally authorised appointing authority, the lawyers maintain.
“We further inform you that not even the Minister of Internal Affairs has basis in law to temporarily keep these individuals in office without running contracts.”
In total, contracts of 12 Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGP) serving as directors in the Uganda Police have expired but they have continued serving in office without official renewal.
Other affected directors, who are at the rank of AIGP are; Asan Kasingye (Chief Political Commissar), Twinomujuni (Welfare and Production), Mugisa (Fire and Rescue Services), and Edward Ochom (Research and Planning).
Others are: Felix Ndyomugenyi (Deputy Director for Human Resource Development, Abas Byakagaba (Counter Terrorism), John Ndungutse (Security Attache to Uganda’s High Commission in Nairobi) Haruna Isabirye (Human Resource Development), Grace Turyagumanawe (Peace Support Operations).
Others are: Francis Rwego (Special Interpol Representative to the African Union), Andrew Sorowen (Special Duties), and Hajj Balimwoyo (Interpol and International relations).
Their contracts first expired between November 2017 and February 2018 and they applied for an extension.
The senior officers were granted a one-year extension which expired at the end of 2019.