The police force insists the recent promotions which have been described as tribalistic were actually normal.
Last week, President Yoweri Museveni promoted 496 officers with new ranks ahead of February 18 elections.
The officers were decorated by Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, at Police Headquarters at Naguru in Kampala on Friday.
However, a petition has been lodged at the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja’s office seeking a review of the promotions.
The petitioners want the IGG to launch an inquiry into the “sham exercise and also reprimand officers in the Police Directorate of Human Resources who are responsible for editing the list of who is promoted and who is not”.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, in a statement Thursday, said police had taken note of an alleged petition filed at the office of the Inspectorate of Government by Mulamula Andrew, citing irregularities in the most recent promotions.
“We do maintain that there is nothing sensational about the story, because promotions are a routine factor within the promotional policy of the institution.”
Enanga insisted the promotions were very transparent and based on; merit, demonstrated ability, leadership skills and career development among other criteria.
For instance, he said, the most recent promotion was prompted by the necessity to have the command structure of the Police filled up, and it targeted officers in acting capacity from the station, Districts, Regions, Departments and Directorates.
“The process was in order and nothing irregular in substance or in the methodology was used.”
He said UPF management is open to the investigations if approached by the Inspectorate of Government, and will clearly explain the process, as there is no cause for alarm.
Among the “favoured officers” are Susan Kasingye, Zurah Ganyana [daughter of Police Director of Administration Moses Balimwoyo] promoted to the rank of SSP and Jonathan Baroza [Kayihura’s assistant] who was made to skip two ranks and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Aaron Baguma, the Central Police Station Commander who has been indicted by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on murder charges, was promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police.
Enock Abaine and Dennis Namuwoza were both promoted to the rank of ACP, four months after they had received a previous promotion.
Not long ago, Lt Col Ndahura Atwooki Birakurataki was promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Charles Asaba and Fortunate Habyara were also promoted to the rank of Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) and rank of commissioner by making them skip ranks.