Who is IGP Martin Okoth Ochola?

IGP Okoth Ochola, is a Uganda Police Officer, who serves as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force, the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s Government, effective 4 March 2018. He replaced General Kale Kayihura. Immediately prior to his present assignment, Ochola served as the Deputy Inspector General of Police, deputizing IGP Kayihura, the man he replaced.

Background and education

He was born on 19 September 1958, in Agumiti Village, Mulanda sub-county, West Budama County, in Tororo District. Okoth Ochola attended Abweli Primary School, then Rock View Primary School and Kisoko Boys Primary School, where he sat his Primary Leaving Examinations. Ochola attended Namilyango College for his high school education.

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IGP Okoth Ochola

IGP Okoth Ochola studied at Makerere University, the largest and oldest public university in Uganda, where he studied law. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1983.

The following year, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, from the Law Development Centre.


He went into private law practice, working as a legal assistant between October and December 1984, at the law firm of Owori and Company Advocates in Mbale Town, in the Eastern Region of Uganda. IGP Ochola then relocated to Kampala, Uganda’s Capital city, where he worked as a legal assistant in Kampala City Council for three years.

He also joined the Uganda Police Force in January 1988 and started a nine-month basic training. At that time, he was given the rank of a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police. Following that training, in February 1989, he was posted to Entebbe International AirPort as the officer-in-charge of Airport Security.

From there, IGP Okoth Ochola served at Entebbe Police Station, Buganda Road Court, where he remained for three years. He was then posted to police headquarters as the acting assistant commissioner of police in the legal department. He was promoted to superintendent of police and later to senior superintendent of police.

In May 2001, he was appointed the deputy director of criminal investigations and remained in that position for seven years. In 2008, he was promoted to commissioner of police. That same year, he was confirmed as director CID. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police.

In August 2011, President Yoweri Museveni appointed him the Deputy Inspector General of Police. He served as the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), deputizing Kale Kayihura until 4 March 2018, when he replaced him as the new IGP.

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