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I'm retired but not tired, says Mugenyi as he quits Police

By Stuart Yiga

Added 1st June 2020 07:18 AM

On Friday, Mugenyi handed over his office keys to his deputy, John Nuwagira.

I'm retired but not tired, says Mugenyi as he quits Police

Asuman Mugenyi

On Friday, Mugenyi handed over his office keys to his deputy, John Nuwagira.

The outgoing Uganda Police operations director, Asuman Mugenyi, has said that his retirement from the force has been a process which does not necessarily mean that he has quit for good.
 
"I will always uphold the good image of Uganda Police where I have served for 32 years, wherever I will be," he said.
 
On Friday, Mugenyi handed over his office keys to his deputy, John Nuwagira.
 
Other retired officers
 
Mugenyi has now joined the league of other high-ranking officers to exit the Policeforce in a space of less than a year. 
 
They include; Godfrey Bangirana, who was director of logistics and engineering, Dr. Steven Kasiima, who was director traffic and road safety, Fred Yiga, who was director Interpol and Elizabeth Muwanga, who was director welfare, among others.
 
Unlike others, Bangirana was forced out of his office by the High Court, after he had defied orders of Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola, in November, 2019.
 
About Mugenyi
 
Born in Kabwohe, in the current Sheema district, Mugenyi has been too resourceful to Uganda Police as an institution ever since he joined it in 1988, as a cadet officer, after graduated from Makerere University with a bachelor's degree.
 
His rise to the top rank came as a result of handwork which saw the Police force registering victory in a number of areas where he was assigned to operate.
 
In November, 2016, he led an operation that brought to an end the spate of murder of Police officers in Rwenzori sub-region.
 
At the time he swung into action, over 14 Police officers had been killed in Kasese and Bundibugyo respectively, allegedly by a group of people who were loyal to the Omusinga wa Rwenzururu, Wesley Mumbere.
 
In an effort to de-escalate the tension in area, Mugenyi commanded a group of Field Force Unit Police officers, that worked alongside the Special Forces Command and the army officers under the command of Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, and managed to restore peace in Kasese and the neighbouring districts.
 
He also served in the Special Branch, the then Police's intelligence gathering unit. In the 1990s, he was at the frontline in the fight against Jamir Mukulu's Uganda Muslim Freedom Fighters (UMFF), a radical group that intended to oust President Yoweri Museveni's government. UMFF, later rebranded and become Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
 

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