By Kabuye Ronald
Newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech alias “The lion of Mogadishu” has on Monday officially assumed office from Maj. Gen. Muzeyi Sabiti who was relieved of the duty last week and sent back to the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) headquarters as he awaits redeployment.
At the handover function held at Police Headquarters in Naguru and attended by a number of senior police officers including the IGP Okoth Ochola, Maj. Gen Lokech applauded President Museveni for assigning him with the new duty.
He promised teamwork and building on the foundation he has found in place to ensure the security of the people and their property.
Meanwhile the former DIGP Maj.Gen.Muzeeyi Sabiti who highlighted key of his achievements in the two years of his service hailed his Successor Maj. Gen Lokech as a great performer, a patriot and committed servant to his country.
He also noted that the general crime rate has greatly reduced since his appointment since they have busted a number of hardcore gang groups.
In his opening remarks, the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, thanked the outgoing DIGP, Major General Sabiiti Muzeyi and described him as a true leader and a man of integrity.
He urged him to remain an Ambassador for the police.
The IGP also welcomed the new DIGP, Major General Paul Lokech, whom he asked to take time to learn about the organization and familiarize himself with the various dimensions of the police force.
He added that the incoming DIGP brings with him extensive knowledge, experience and proven leadership, the attributes that are commensurate with his new role.
He further added that the policing philosophy of the force, balances the foundation of traditional policing with innovative and progressive methods, to help maintain professionalism and a quality of public safety that the public deserves.
“Our emphasis therefore, is going to be protecting life and property and promoting rule of law. This will help improve our community relations.” Said Ochola