The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola over the weekend directed the Director Criminal Investigations AIGP Grace Akullo to fire all operatives who have been working under flying squad unit.
This was after receiving intelligence reports that most of them had resorted to robberies and others were extorting millions of shilling from the public.
Our security sources from the office of the police chief intimated to us that Ochola received several calls from different people on Friday and Saturday complaining about robberies and extortion carried out by operatives from flying squad.
The source says Ochola later instructed Grace Akullo to fire all operatives who have been camping at all police stations across the country.
“After Grace Akullo received orders from IGP, she also instructed commander flying squad SSP Kakonge to fire all the operatives and remain with only police officers who were vetted by CID few months ago,” a source from CID headquarters in Kibuli told us.
Kakonge also on Monday issued a notice alerting all flying squad operatives to vacate all police stations with immediate effect.
“All those who have been working with flying-squad as operatives, their services have been terminated with effect from 5th /11/2018 till further notice,” reads part of the notice signed by Kakonge.
During a telephone interview with Deputy Director CID Elly Womanya, he confirmed the sacking of all flying squad operatives Country wide.
“Yes its true we laid off all operatives attached to flying squad across the Country after receiving several complaints of extortion, obtaining money by false pretense, harassment, intimidation among others from the public,” he said
Womanya added that the role of operatives is to bring information to police and go away, and then the rest is handled by police officers.
“This habit of operatives camping in the corridors of police and extorting people millions of shillings must stop. If someone has information, should bring it to police and go away,” he said adding any operative who will be found in corridors of police will be arrested and prosecuted.
When Ochola was appointed Inspector General of Police, he first disbanded flying squad and Nalufenya over several complaints from the public. He later brought back Flying squad after vetting its staff and operatives and was operating under CID.
Sources told us that Kakonge later recruited former thugs into the Unit to do his operations; some of them had just been released from Luzira after serving long sentences
“These operatives whom some he commanded under Wembly were armed with guns, pistols and gave them full powers to arrest, interrogate and charging”.
“Some of these thugs started where they had stopped before they were first sacked from the Unit by former Commandant Herbert Muhangi who is now under military detention on malicious and fabricated cases”.
Reliable sources added that for the few months operatives worked, robberies in the city had increased and they also crashed with police officers.
Last week, flying squad operatives exchanged bullets with police officers during the arrest in the city.