The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola Wednesday missed the requiem service of fallen deputy, Maj Gen Paul Lokech (RIP) due to illness.
The requiem mass to send off late Maj Gen Lokech was held at his home in Kitikifumba Kira Municipality in Wakiso district.
However, Ochola’s absence was noticable but unusual and it attracted questions from the media.
In response, Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson revealed that Ochola’s blood pressure shot up at the news of his deputy’s death and he was advised to rest.
“The IGP’s personal doctor is managing him, that is why he was not able to be with us. His blood pressure shot up when he received news of the death of Maj Gen Lokech,” Enanga said.
Instead, the IGP was represented by the Brig Gen Jack Bakasumba, who is the Police Joint Chief of Staff.
Mr.Enanga however told reporters that Ochola had in private, reached the family members of Gen Lokech and consoled them.
The mass was attended by close family members, dignitaries from the security forces and members of government.
Among those who attended was Maj Francis Okello who is the commander of the Uganda Defence College. Gen Charles Otema Awanyi among others.