The Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Col Frank Kaka Bagyenda, has fired all 8 Senior Directors of ISO in the latest changes, SoftPower News has learnt.
According to a source at the spy agency, Col Kaka has replaced some of the Colonels who headed directorates with privates. Private is the lowest rank in the military.
Commenting on the matter, one of the ISO operatives described the development as insurbordination.
“Senior Director position is for senior ranks not the ranks he has appointed. It has never happened in any army in the world for a private to takeover from a Lt Col. It is insubordination. It is insane,” he said.
The changes have seen Maj Fred Kwesiga who has been Director of Economic Affairs replaced with Maj Emmanuel Habomugisha and Lt Col Arthur Were, the Senior Director Social Economic Affairs dropped.
Others dropped include Lt Col Hebert Muramagi, Lt Col Frank Banana, Lt Col Ndawula, Lt Col Chango, Arthur Mugyenyi and Lt Dr Kagoro.
Capt Emilio Ebema is now the new Director Operations. Private Alice Anek has been appointed Director Inspectorate.
According to reports, the dropped Directors are said to have been sent into a newly created ISO Think Tank.
It is not clear why Col Kaka has fired all the senior directors. Our efforts to reach him for a comment were futile since his known telephone contacts were out of reach by press time.
Sacking of all directors comes at a time when media is rife with reports that CMI operatives on Thursday night raided two safe houses run by ISO in Kyengera, Wakiso District and Kisaasi near Bahai Temple, in Kampala.
It was reported that all soldiers guarding the safe houses were arrested and taken for interrogation. Some media houses also claimed that Col Kaka had been arrested which turned out to be false.
An impeccable source in ISO intimated that the operation to raid the safe houses was not a CMI one.
“That cannot have been a CMI operation. It was a special operation by others. They must have acted on orders of the boss himself,” the source said.
Asked who exactly he referred to as the boss, the ISO source wondered why this reporter could not make that out.
“Number one, if you cannot make that out as well, niwache (Swahili for leave me alone)?” he responded.
Pressed for details, he responded, “adui ameingia (the enemy has entered), bye.”
The raid on the safe houses came two months after eight ISO operatives working under Cyber Unit went in hiding after their colleague, Mr Simon Peter Odongo, was arrested and charged in the military court.
It was alleged among security circles that Odongo presented fake intelligence in reports to CEOs of government agencies and the business community and in turn extorted money from them in exchange for their freedom.
“He has been terrorising and extorting from the business community by pulling illegally acquired guns at innocent people. His 40 days are up,” an ISO operative had told this reporter.
Odongo is also accused of hacking into systems and in turn extorts money in order not to make details of his victims public.
“He is a known hacker picked from the street by our boss. He was not within our ranks and he should not have been armed,” another ISO operative said.
Last week, this news website exclusively reported that Col Kaka had ordered all Regional Internal Security Officers (RISOs) to stop sharing information with the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) at all levels.