The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola, Thursday described the fallen Police Band Director, Commissioner of Police, (CP) Josephine Kakooza as a dedicated officer and that her death is a big loss to the Uganda Police Force.
Ochola said this in his condolence message read by the Police Director for Special Duties, AIGP Andrew Doreen during a requiem mass at St Peter’s Catholic Church Nsambya in Kampala.
“By her death, the family members, Uganda Police Force and the country at large have been robbed of a dedicated Officer with high integrity, commitment and zeal towards her job. She will always be remembered for her talented leadership in music ,dance and drama,” said Ochola in his message.
“On behalf of Uganda Police Force and my own behalf , I wish to convey my heartfelt condolence to the family, relatives , friends and comrades of the late CP kakooza,” he added
Kakooza, one of the longest serving police officers in Uganda died on Wednesday morning at the age of 64 and until her death, she was serving as the Director for the Police brass band.
She joined the Police Force in 1969 and did initial Police training course at Police Training School, Kibuli before specialising in Band.
She would later be deployed at Nsambya Police Band Unit where she was stationed until her death.
The deceased was promoted in 1982 to the rank of Corporal and got Sergeant in 1987 before advancing to Inspector of Police in 1993.
In 2004, she was elevated to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and SP in 2008. She attained the tank of Assistant Commissioner of Police in 2012 and in the following year she clocked the Public service mandatory retirement age.
However due to her exemplary service, Kakooza was allowed to serve on contract and in 2014, she was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (CP) which she held till her death.
According to the IGP, Kakooza was the only Senior Police Officer introduced to Pope Francis when he visited Uganda in November 2015, and this was because of her notable service to the Force.