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Museveni appoints UPDF Officers to run Immigration Department

President Museveni has nominated senior army officers to high ranking positions at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in what officials said is part of a wider plan to counter illegal immigration in the country.

Brigadier Apollo Kasiita Gowa, who has been serving as Defence Attaché to Washington, America, will now head Uganda’s Immigration Department.

Gowa served as head of Chieftaincy Integrated Resource Management Information Systems (CIRMIS).

Col Johnson Nahamya, who previously served as Acting Special Forces Commander and later Deputised Maj Gen James Mugira at the Luwero Defence Industries, is the new commissioner passports and citizenship.

A source described Col Namanya as “an extremely upright officer,” adding, “The former PGB Commander is a very honest and humble gentleman but intellectually strong and firm as a commander.”

Col Geoffrey Kambare who was in charge of intelligence collection will take over as the new Commissioner of Immigration.

“It is true there are such recommendations,” said Defence Spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire.

“However, they require to go through the public service commission process. Let us therefore await that confirmation process,” he told media on Saturday morning.

The nominations follow public complaints that the department had turned into a den of thieves who were unable to clamp down on illegal immigration.
Immigration officers have since been accused of aiding drug dealers, human traffickers and also providing Ugandan passports to foreign criminals.

The development also comes against the backdrop of a huge public outcry over corruption, lethargy and lack of innovation at the Immigration Department; hindering public service delivery.

Cases of Ugandans paying bribes to obtain travel documents have been rampant for years while some non-Ugandans especially Nigerians holding Ugandan Passports have been recently captured in china on drug trafficking deals.

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