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Geoffrey Katsigazi is the now deputy IGP of the Uganda Police Force. FILE PHOTO

Maj Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi has been appointed the new Deputy Inspector General of Police by President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni.

By taking over as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police, Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi replaces Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba, who, in November, was appointed to serve in an acting capacity to avoid a vacancy in the office.

In August last year, Maj Gen Paul Lokech passed away. Gen Katsigazi has replaced him.

The President has once again ensured that the position of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (IGP) is filled by an officer from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

The first officer to hold the position was Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabiiti, who was replaced in November 2020 with Maj Gen Paul Lokech, a man known as the Lion of Mogadishu.

Gen Katsigazi previously served as the Defence Liaison Officer at the East African Community headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

He has also held positions such as Commander of the UPDF Motorized Infantry Brigade, and Acting Chief of Staff for the UPDF Land Forces.

Katsigazi was appointed deputy commander of the UPDF Air Force in January 2020, replacing Major General Gavas Mugyenyi, who was appointed Uganda’s military attache in India.

After that promotion, he was promoted from Brigadier General to Major General in March 2020.

Faruk Kirunda, the deputy presidential press secretary, reported in a tweet that President Museveni had also renewed Dr Johnson Byabashaija’s contract as Commissioner General of Prisons.