The Director of Interpol Asan Kasingye has been appointed the new Police Spokesperson. He replaces Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was shot dead by unknown gunmen last week.
Kasingye will also serve as the police force‘s Chief Political Commissar.
In a handwritten communication to all police units, the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura also appointed AIGP Fred Yiga to replace Kasingye as the Director of Interpol and International Relations.
Before Kasingye’s appointment, the Director of Operations Mr Asuman Mugyenyi had confirmed that he had been ordered by the IGP to act as Police Spokesperson.
“The IGP ordered me to acting as the police spokesman. I am now doing that,” Mr Mugenyi said.
Who is Asan Kasingye?
On his 52nd birthday, Asan Kasingye, the assistant inspector general of police, fills the void created last Friday when his colleague Andrew Felix Kaweesi was shot dead.
With a 28-year policing career, Kasingye is perhaps the most qualified officer to handle both the police’s political commissariat and its public relations department. He has been in these two offices in the past before taking on other roles including as Director Interpol and International Relations, a position he held until last night.
Just like his immediate predecessor who doubled as Spokesperson as well as Director Human Resource Development, Kasingye will also hold two offices.
Kasingye went to Kibingo primary school in Bushenyi district, St Kaggwa high school, also in Bushenyi and then Makerere University. In March 1989, while at Makerere University pursuing his degree programme in political science and economics, Kasingye decided to join Kibuli police training school. He applied and did the interviews but the results took long to come out.
While waiting for the interview results, Kasingye spent four months at the Kyankwanzi School of Political Education which was later renamed National Leadership Institute (NALI). The young Kasingye so impressed the leadership at Kyankwanzi that he was retained as an instructor/lecturer.
It was while teaching at Kyankwanzi that he was told the interviews were out and that he was required to report to the police training school.
After the training, Kasingye did his apprenticeship as a cadet assistant superintendent of police in Entebbe for about six months before he was elevated to Officer in Charge of the station in January 1990.
After four and a half years, Kasingye was transferred to the police headquarters to pioneer what would later become the community policing programme in the force.
From 1994 to 2001, Kasingye was the officer in charge of crime prevention. In 1995, then ASP Kasingye left for the United Kingdom for a short course in community policing and crime prevention at the Staffordshire Police Headquarters.
He also enrolled for a master’s course in public administration and management at Makerere University.
In 2001, then new Inspector General of Police Katumba Wamala appointed Kasingye to head the Department of Community Affairs. He then attained several ranks while still in charge of community affairs; becoming superintendent of police, senior superintendent of police, assistant commissioner and then commissioner of police by October 2005.
It was around this time that General Kale Kayihura, who had just taken over from Katumba Wamala, appointed Kasingye as chief political commissar of the police. Besides his political commissariat work, Kasingye was also appointed police spokesperson, a position he held until November 2011.
It is these two roles – Chief Political Commissar and Police Spokesperson – that Kasingye returned to last night.
By Dispatch Reporter