Government of Uganda yesterday awarded the African Police (AFRIPOL) president, Gen. Abdelghani Hamal with a medal for his outstanding contributions to the capacity building of Uganda’s police force and the continental force.
The AFRIPOL president was awarded with the Examplorary Service Order Class one medal of the Uganda Police Force by President Museveni during the official opening of the 19th EAPCCO Annual General Meeting that is underway at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.
President Museveni, who was represented by the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi appreciated Gen. Hamal’s selfless contribution and a spirit of Pan-Africanism.
“I have the pleasure to report that H.E and the fountain of honor of the Republic of Uganda, in accordance with the Constitution of Uganda and the National Honors and Awards Act of 2001, has approved the award of Examplorary service order Class Order No. 1 to H.E Gen. Abdelghani Hamal,” noted the awards committee Chairperson, Gen. Elly Tumwine while presenting the award.
The medal is awarded to high profile personalities for exemplary leadership, community participation, transforming the image the Uganda Police Force and supporting the force in fulfillment of its mandate and mission.
The General is well known for several reforms in the Algerian police force, in the modernization and professionalization of the force and currently he is the President General of the AFRIPOL, a continental force mechanism created by the African Union.
“He deserves the award for the following reasons; he has contributed directly and indirectly to the development of the Uganda police force especially assisting in the development of modernization and professionalisation of the force,” Tumwine said
Tumwine noted that due to the commitment to Algeria- Uganda cooperation, soon after the two police institutions entered into an MOU in 2016, Gen. Hamal immediately deployed teams of experts from Algerian police force which has greatly contributed to capacity building of the Uganda’s police force.
Gen. Hamal was praised for having significantly played a critical role in the creation of AFRIPOL in a record time of only two years.
“Together with Gen. Kale Kayihura he chaired a steering committee that led to the birth of Afripol offering Algeria to host its headquarters.”