Crime preventers in the country hace honoured the country’s first black Inspector General of Police Wilson Erinayo Oryema as part of the activities to climax police week to be celebrate on Monday.
“As we approach the climax of the Police week, it was another amazing day yesterday at Makerere University main hall for the memorial lecture of the Uganda’s first African IGP,” said Moses Omujugujugu, the National spokesperson of Crime Preventers.
During the lecture, Dr. Hellen who was the main discussant praised the crime preventers for the job well done in community policing.
Delivering her speech under the theme, “Police is the public and public is the police- Fostering community policing in Uganda, Dr Hellen asked crime preventers and the entire security force personnel to emulate the example of the former IGP Oryema.
Who was IGP Oryema?
Uganda’s first African Inspector General of Police Oryema was born on 1st January 1917. Oryema was enlisted in the Uganda Police Force on 1st march 1939. A year later in 1940 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and the following year 1941 to sub inspector.
He made it to the rank of Inspector General of Police in 1951 and Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1954.
In 1956 he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent.
Oryema continued with his elevation through the ranks when the colonial government started identifying some African officers to take over the leadership of the Force.
He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 1961. The following year he was promoted, first to Senior Superintendent of Police, then Assistant Commissioner of Police.
In 1963, Oryema was appointed the first African Deputy Inspector General of Police, and the following year, before being given rapid promotions to Inspector General of Police on the 1st April 1964, replacing Mr.M.J.Macoun.
To prepare Oryema for police leadership, Oryema had been accorded several courses.
He attended Britain’s renowned Peel Centre(Police Training Academy) at Hendon, as well as Bramshill near Coventry.
He spent three months at the International Police Academy in Washington, U.S.A.
He also trained in Israel,graduating with a paratrooper’s wing.
During his tenure as a Police leader, he propounded the values of professionalism, integrity, selflessness, commitment to serve and patriotism.
After the coup d’etat of January 1971, Oryema left Police and served as Minister of Lands, Minerals and Water Resources from 1971 to 1974 when he became Minister of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning until his death in 1977.
But even after leaving Police, he continued to fight for professionalism and intergrity of the Institution that had nurtured him.
In 1971, he interceded with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Lt Col. Obitre Gama, to save the lives of 27 police officers who had returned from Soviet Union where the Idi Amin’s coup had found them.
The Military had decided to kill them but with Oryema’s intervention, they were taken from the hands of army officers who had arrested them on arrival at Entebbe Airport and placed under police detention instead.
Oryema further blocked the move to transfer the Police officers to the Army, and had them re-absorbed into the Police.
Oryema Wilson Erinaayo was murdered on February 17, 1977 by security forces of Idi Amin’s government together with the then Internal Affairs Minister, Charles Oboth Ofumbi and Church Of Uganda Archbishop Janani Luwum.
On his death, Oryema was not accorded a State burial. In lieu of the 37years of service to Uganda; the Uganda Police and Uganda government honoured him and accorded him a decent burial on the 18th September, 2014 at his home in Tangi, Nwoya District.
His Excellence the President of the Republic of Uganda,Yoweri Kaguta Museveni officiated at the function.
Now while speaking at the memorial lecture the Chief Guest IGP Gen. Kayihura told police officers present that any police officer who is not propeople will have no space in the current Uganda Police.
Community policing is the way to go.
The jolly IGP further said he was extremely happy that the crime preventers concept has spread like wild fire to every part of the Nation.