Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sam Omala will be declared a deserter if he does not report to his new duty station in the next 11 days.
Omala was transferred to Greater Busoga as the Deputy Commander of Bukedea Sector in a change that came a few months after his appointment as head of the Field Force Unit (FFP) under Kampala Metropolitan area.
Police Spokesman Fred Enanga says Omala has not yet reported to his new duty station where he was expected 10 days ago.
Omala has been quoted in sections of the media referring to his transfer as unfair and a politically motivated move that he is determined to defy.
A deserter according to section 59 (1) of the Police Act can be defined as a Police Officer who absents himself without authority from his unit or formation or from the place where his duty requires him to be, with the intention of not returning.
Section 59(3) further states that a person who has been absent without authority for a continuous period of 21-days or more shall unless the contrary is proved, be presumed to have deserted for purposes of not returning to his place of deployment.
Enanga says after 21 days, Omala will be declared as deserter and may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to one year and dismissed with disgrace upon conviction.
Polly Namaye, the deputy Police Spokesperson says all police officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of police (ASP) sign an open contract with the President before they all enrolled into the force to serve anywhere in the country as they may be deployed by the police authority.