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The Police boss made the remarks in a speech Monday at the decoration ceremony of promoted army officers at Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.
“I am really excited by Aronda’s appointment. I want to pledge to the President that we shall not let you down,” he added.
While critics look at Aronda’s new assignment as a demotion, defence officials maintain the former army commander will rely on his vast experience in security to play a pivotal role in upholding internal political stability.
Uganda Police Force lies under the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Kayihura also noted that promotions come with more challenges, responsibilities and demands.
He also commended President Museveni for elevating his rank to General, saying it “symbolizes the trust and confidence the President has in us.”
The Police chief who was flanked by his deputy Okoth Ochola, CIID boss Grace Akullo and Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Andrew Kaweesi, said it was “historic for a full General to command Police in the history of Uganda.”
“This is a realization of progress in professionalization of the force and effectiveness in carrying out our mandate as provided in the Constitution. In fact we are not militarizing the police; this is the politicization of the military,” said Kayihura, sending guests into rib-cracking laughter.
He further rubbished as “propaganda in the media” allegations that the army is divided.
“The inter agency cooperation has enabled us to defeat Kayunga protestors, Mabira rioters and the infamous walk-to-work riots. We defeated them decisively. UPDF is more stable and has contributed to regional peacekeeping efforts,”
Sate Minister Jeje Odongo presided over the function.