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Deputy Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi Takes Helm as Acting Inspector General of Police

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The outgoing Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola, has fondly reflected on his time as the police chief, expressing gratitude for the accomplishments during his tenure.

“As I step into the next chapter of my life, I carry with me the fond memories of our achievements. May the Uganda Police Force continue to be a beacon of excellence and a force for positive change in the enforcement of law and order,” Ochola remarked on Monday as he handed over office after the expiry of his term.









Ochola, appointed as IGP in 2018 to succeed Gen Kale Kayihura, served two three-year terms as police chief.

Today, he formally handed over office to his deputy, Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi, who will act until President Museveni appoints the new IGP.



Speaking during the handover ceremony, Ochola expressed his honor at being appointed by the president in 2018, acknowledging President Museveni’s support throughout his tenure.




“Anchored on teamwork, support, and guidance from the President and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, we achieved numerous milestones in policing, fostering an atmosphere of calmness, unity, and belonging,” he said.



“The achievements outlined in my handover report and by various directorates were made possible by working with a dedicated team of officers across all ranks, who gave their best to fulfill the Institution’s constitutional mandate.”

Ochola also thanked the Police Authority, Police Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) members, and Police Council delegates for their support during his six-year tenure.

“To my successor and the incoming team, congratulations. I wish you monumental success as you lead this Institution to greater heights. I bid farewell to everyone and extend my best wishes to you all and your families. May you be blessed with God’s blessings in life.