Police officers in Kiira region, which includes Jinja city and Jinja district, gathered to celebrate their well-deserved promotions after years of dedicated service in the Uganda police force. The pipping ceremony, attended by various senior police officers, members of Parliament, Resident Commissioners, and other dignitaries, took place at the Civil Service College in Jinja city.
The promotion of over 500 police officers to different ranks was recently carried out by President Yoweri Museveni, who also holds the position of Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. In Kiira region, four officers were promoted from Superintendent of Police (SP) to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), thirteen officers from Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) to SP, nine from Inspectorate of Police (IP) to ASP, and 142 officers were promoted to Non-Commissioned Officers.
Presiding over the ceremony, Kagoma legislator Alex Brandon Kintu, who is also the NRM Parliamentary Caucus spokesperson, acknowledged the vital role played by police officers in communities under challenging circumstances. He emphasized that Parliament will continue to address the welfare issues faced by the police, which have been reported as inadequate.
The newly-promoted officers, including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Andrew Muzira (Human Resources Officer), Frank Ntankovu (Regional CID), Vincent Masinde (Regional Surgeon Officer), and Bashiru Siriba (Kakira Division Police Commander), expressed their gratitude to President Museveni, the Internal Affairs Minister, and the Inspector General of Police for recognizing their dedication and awarding them with well-deserved ranks and promotions. They also commended the Parliament of Uganda for consistently allocating funds for the police institution and vowed to serve the country effectively and patriotically.
James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police spokesperson, who was promoted to Superintendent of Police, congratulated his colleagues on behalf of the Regional Police Commander (RPC), Richard Okullu. He urged them to embrace the higher responsibilities and professionalism that come with their new ranks and emphasized the need for unwavering commitment among the officers. Mubi assured those who missed out on promotions that they would have the opportunity to be recognized in the next reshuffle.