By AWORI ESTHER LUCY
KAMPALA, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA| On Wednesday December 16, 2020, President Yoweri Museveni named Maj Gen Paul Lokech as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police replacing Maj Gen Stephen Muzeeyi Sabiiti.
Maj Gen Lokech has been serving in South Sudan where he was deployed in November last year. Gen Lokech was sent to South Sudan to monitor on behalf of the guarantors the South Sudan peace process, the assembling, screening, demobilization and integration of the armed forces of South Sudan.
Sabiiti was appointed to deputise Martin Ochola on March 4, 2018 after the firing of Gen Edward Kale Kayihura,
Maj Gen Lokech comes into Uganda police force with a wealth of experience in leadership, administration and command. Lokech is one of the commanders credited for breaking the back of Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia when he was commander of UPDF contingent between 2011 and 2012.
Lokech is a name to reckon with especially due to his relentless confrontation with Al-Shabaab insurgents and capturing key historical places like the Red Mosque in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
While in Somalia, he was nicknamed the ‘Lion of Mogadishu’.
He served as the UPDF contingent commander for Somalis between 2017 to 2018.
Upon return from Somalia as a Brigadier, Lokech was promoted to the rank of Maj General and posted to Jinja as commander of the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre.
Gen Lokech till recently was Chief of Staff of Uganda People’s Defence Air Force –UPDAF. He previously served as part of the commanders of Uganda’s peace-keeping forces in South Sudan.
The two-star General was part and parcel of Operation Safe Haven where UPDF extremely went offensive on rebels of Allied Democratic Front-ADF who were being commanded by now incarcerated Jamil Mukulu. The ADF was still based in the Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC.