RACE TO 2026: From Detective To Legislator: George Oketcho’s Journey Towards Political Leadership

Detective George Oketcho for MP West Budama South Tororo 2026


TORORO, Uganda =SHIFTMEDIA NEWS= In the dynamic landscape of Ugandan politics, transitions from one career to another are not uncommon. One such remarkable shift is embodied in the journey of Mr. George Oketcho, a former police detective who now sets his sights on representing the people of West Budama South Constituency in Tororo as a Member of Parliament under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket.

With a career steeped in law enforcement, Oketcho brings a unique perspective to the realm of politics, one forged in the crucible of public service and a commitment to justice. His decision to venture into politics reflects a desire to extend his dedication to serving the community beyond the confines of law enforcement.

HARD LEAP: From detective to Legislator

Having spent years navigating the intricate webs of crime and investigation, Oketcho’s transition into politics represents a natural evolution of his commitment to addressing societal issues at a broader level. His experiences as a detective have equipped him with invaluable insights into the challenges faced by communities, insights that he now seeks to leverage in the political arena.

As he embarks on his political journey, Oketcho finds himself amidst a competitive field of 15 other candidates vying for the same seat, including the incumbent and former State Minister for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Otaala. The battleground is set for a clash of ideologies, visions, and promises, with each candidate striving to articulate their vision for the constituency’s future.

For Oketcho, the path ahead is not without its challenges. Transitioning from law enforcement to politics requires a nuanced understanding of governance, policy-making, and community engagement. Yet, it is precisely his background as a detective that positions him to navigate these challenges with tenacity and determination.


Throughout his career in law enforcement, Oketcho has honed the skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and conflict resolution—skills that are indispensable in the realm of politics. His ability to analyze complex situations, gather evidence, and collaborate with diverse stakeholders equips him to tackle the multifaceted issues facing his constituency. Oketcho is also the CEO, and founder of Wolves Security Group Uganda, currently employing close to 2,000 security guards across Uganda.

George Oketch (2nd left) with some security officers at the Wolves Security main offices in Jinja

Central to Oketcho’s political platform is a commitment to addressing the pressing issues that confront the people of West Budama South Constituency. From infrastructure development to healthcare access, education, and economic empowerment, Oketcho’s agenda is driven by a desire to uplift the lives of his constituents and foster inclusive growth.

A section of the Wolves Security team during a drill exercise

At the heart of his campaign lies a pledge to prioritize the voices of the marginalized and underrepresented, ensuring that their concerns are heard and addressed in the halls of power. Drawing on his experiences working on the frontlines of law enforcement, Oketcho emphasizes the importance of community policing and proactive engagement with local stakeholders to foster safer and more vibrant communities.

In the midst of a crowded field of contenders, Oketcho’s candidacy stands out for its commitment to integrity, transparency, and accountability. Rooted in his years of service as a detective, his campaign embodies a steadfast dedication to upholding the principles of justice and fairness in governance.

As the 2026 election approaches, the people of West Budama South Constituency face a critical choice. In Oketcho, they have a candidate who brings a wealth of experience, a track record of service, and a vision for a brighter future. His candidacy represents not only a departure from the traditional paths of political leadership but also a testament to the transformative power of individuals committed to serving their communities.

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