The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has been awarded with the prestigious Peace and Tolerance prize from Always Be Tolerant Organization (ABETO) for 2022.
The award was received by SCP Fred Enanga, the Press and Public Relations Officer of the Uganda Police Force, on behalf of the IGP at a function held at Protea Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday 16, November 2022.
In his speech delivered by SCP Enanga to the assembly of outstanding personalities, the IGP applauded the organizers for recognizing the effort of the entire law enforcement fraternity, and pledged to continue doing everything within means to provide peace, safety and security to the public.
“Thank you all because you have reminded me, and the entire law enforcement fraternity that the sacrifices I’ve made, are recognized,” Ochola said.
“We pledge to continue doing everything within our means to provide peace, safety and security to the public, because Peace and Tolerance is a brotherly disposition, a readiness to help, mercy towards those who are in distress and an understanding that human rights are due to all of us,” he added.
He noted that the Peace and Tolerance Award for the year 2022, is a message of hope to all police officers, that they are not forgotten.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is on this very day last year, that we witnessed the deadly terrorist attack on CPS Kampala and Parliament Avenue,” he noted.
He further noted the need to remember the 4 civilians who died and also honor PC Kungu Amos, who died on duty, while manning the check point, and the 37 other police officers, who suffered serious and critical injuries.
“Everyday our police officers demonstrate remarkable courage in the face of great danger and risk to personnel safety while in or off duty. For our fallen officer, his bravery on that day was remarkable and truly exemplifies the Uganda Police’s core values” he indicated.
Among the seven officials awarded at the ABETO Peace Award for 2022 were the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, former vice president Edward Ssekandi, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Betty Amongi, Dorothy Kisaka the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director among others.