This Week in History: 30 Years Ago 1971
New Vision (Kampala)
June 17, 2001
Posted to the web June 18, 2001
President Amin Reorganises Uganda Police Force
THE reorganisation of the police force begins. President Idi Amin announces the creation of a Police Council and scrapes the post of Inspector General of Police. The Council becomes the highest body responsible for the police force and will be independent of the Public Service Commission. The Council will have as its chairman, the President of Uganda and Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces. That is Amin. While the minister of internal affairs and the commissioner of Police will be members. Below the Police Council there will be another council chaired by the internal affairs minister with the Commissioner of police and other senior police officers in-charge of the various sections as members. Amin announced the changes when addressing 600 police officers at the Uganda International Conference Centre.
June 13 General Amin dismisses as nonsensical claims by deposed Milton Obote that some schools in Uganda had been turned into barracks and that there was an Israel Army Force in Uganda. Amin was addressing a rally at Adjumani in Moyo district.
He described ex-president Obote and his supporters in Tanzania as Ugandans in self-exile.
June 15 The Uganda Army gets re-organised and built into three Brigade Divisions. It will consist of infantry, mechanised and paratroops Brigades. Amin announces this while addressing soldiers of the Masindi Artillery Regiment and General Transport. He disclosed that the army will be become a complete mobile unit with soldiers equipped with the most modern weapons to measure up to world standards.
June 16 New appointments announced. Oboth Ofumbi is promoted from state minister of defence to become a substantial defence minister. Captain Henry Agech of the mechanised battalion is named District Commissioner, Lango. Captain Kazimiro of General Transport, Masindi is promoted to major and appointed O/C Transport. Captain Obulejo of the Artillery Regiment promoted to major and becomes acting Officer Commandant Artillery Regiment. Others appointments and promotions include Captain Olindo of the Simba Battalion promoted to major and appointed security commander of the ordinance Depot Magamaga. Captain Smarts Guwedeko of Uganda Air Force is promoted to major and appointed Air Base Commander, Entebbe.
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