President Museveni has posthumously promoted the late former Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Paul Lokech to the rank of Lieutenant-General.
The promotion was announced in the President’s speech read to mourners by the Internal Affairs Minister Gen Kahinda Otafiire at Paipir Primary School playgrounds in Pader Town Council on Friday. The announcement was received with applauds from the thousands of mourners who had thronged Paipir Primary school for the send-off of Lt Gen Lokech.
This comes just a day after a joint Acholi District council held on Thursday made a resolution demanding among others the posthumous promotion of the former DIGP from the rank of Maj Gen.
The President hailed Lt Gen Lokech for the great changes he made in the Uganda Police Force within a short time of his appointment. He cited that before his appointment, several crime cases had gone unnoticed since police officers tasked to monitor Closed Circuit Camera Television cameras [CCTV] installed instead spent most of the time on social media.
President Museveni says he always got involved directly with Gen. Lokech in case of any security threats adding that in Gen Lokech, he found an eager student in the policing job.
Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Defence Forces-CDF also hailed Gen Lokech saying he helped in the pacification of Northern and Eastern Uganda during counter-insurgency operations against Lords Resistant Army rebels.
He says Gen Lokech will also greatly be remembered for bringing back home Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.
Gen Lokech will be laid to rest later this afternoon at his ancestral home in Paipir village in Luna Parish.