Martin Okotn Ochola the New IGP is trying to prove that he actually a strong “stain remover”. IGP Ochola has today Ordered Fresh Investigation of Slaji Bakaleke’s Robbery case in which former Kampala South Regional police commander is accused of extorting shs1.4bn on gunpoint from Korean businessmen.
Bakaleke together with several police officers and city lawyer Paul Mugoya Wanyama are accused of extorting USD 400,000 from three Korean businessmen around Kololo Kampala and attempting to illegally deport them back to their country without following procedures
It is reported that Bakaleke was sitting comfortably in the driving seat after his former boss Gen Kale Kayihura stopped the all investigations.
According to our sources, the former IGP had stopped all the investigations against his blue-eyed boy which were being investigated by both Professional Standards Unit for misconduct and CID Department on robbery charges. “Gen Kayihura had ordered all the files to be transferred from CID KMP and PSU and be given by his team of special investigators based in Naguru plot 11.”Said a source.
The source added that the team which is headed by SSP Mark Odongo had orders to keep the case files and wait for instructions from Kayihura himself in future. “God does his things in his own ways, Kayihura never knew that he would be chased in a minute, he had ordered us to immediately hand over Bakaleke’s file to his office for further management,” said one of investigators at Kampala metropolitan CID office.
It is indicated that days after Kayihura sacking, another order has now come that the investigations on two files against Bakaleke should resume until final disposal. It should be remembered that IGP Okoth Ochola the then deputy IGP and the chairman of the police disciplinary committee had sat and made recommendations to his former boss Gen Kayihura that Bakaleke should be kicked out of office pending investigations.
It was also reported that Kayihura who was in Mbarara on coming back simply dust binned Ochola report and Bakalele was maintained in office until he transferred him to CPC directorate as acting head of political affairs. Ochola also threatened to resign the force because of Gen Kayihura’s bad policies and had been missing at police headquarters for three weeks and also snubbed police council meeting in Kigo before the latter was sacked.
This means that Bakaleke might dance to the tunes of the law if investigations find him culpable.