By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: The outgoing Police Director for Criminal Investigations Directorate, AIGP Grace Akullo has today handed over to her successor Major Tom Magambo who was recently appointed to taker from her after 11 years of service.
Speaking during the handover ceremony on Thursday, Akullo applauded president Museveni for trusting her with the office for 11 years in which she said a number of cases have been disposed of during her tenure.
“I would like to state that despite some challenges, we have contributed to keeping crime at a declining rate and have made a contribution to the economy of Uganda through creating an enabling environment for people to participate in economic and other activities,” Akullo said.
Akullo used the same ceremony to list a number of high-profile cases she has handled for the 11-year tenure she has served in the position.
Akullo was on November 22, 2011, appointed as the new CID director to replace AIGP Edward Ochom but on January,25, President Museveni appointed Maj Tom Magambo from the Internal Security Organisation to replace her.
Among the cases, Akullo handled include, the July 2010 twin blasts at Lugogo and Ethiopian Village in Kabalagala by Al Shabaab terrorists’ group in which the culprits were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to long term jail punishments.
“ After the 2010 twin bombings in Kampala in which 79 people were killed, 15 suspects were charged to court, 10 were convicted and 05 were acquitted,” She said.
Akullo also mentioned the 2015 murder that shocked the nation after businessman Juvenal Nsenga was run over by his wife Jackie Uwera Nsenga in their marital home in Munyenga.
The trial saw the wife sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for murder and her efforts to appeal the sentence were futile.
Akullo said she was also proud of having successfully handled investigations into the sudden death of former Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda in which two people were convicted, Eriya Ssebunya also known as Kasiwukira murder, Greater Masaka panga murders between 2017 and 2018, attempted assassination of Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, kidnap and murder of Maria Nagirinya and the murder and robbery at Cheap Hardware in Nansana in 2018.
The recent spate of murders and robbery of cash from mobile money dealers that rocked Kampala and its suburbs, 2018 kidnaps in Kampala, Suzan Magara murder, killing of muslim clerics in Kampala and Busoga, Nansana and Entebbe women murders and the murder of businessman Wamala Wilberforce also featured prominently in Akullo’s report.
She explained that whereas some cases had gone up to trial and conviction of suspects, there are 68 high profile cases whose investigation has been concluded and taken to magistrates courts and later suspected committed to High Court and now awaiting trial.
Akullo also mentioned a number of corruption cases that she said she is proud to have handled successfully as Criminal Investigations Director.
She mentioned the pension scam in which three Ministry of Public Service officials including Jimmy Lwamafa(Permanent Secretary), Christopher Obey (Principal Accountant) and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa the then Commissioner for Compensation Department were jailed a total of 22 years for swindling over shs88billion meant for pensioners.
According to Akullo, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) scandal in which former Principal Accountant Godfrey Kazinda was convicted and jailed was also among her successes.