By Mable Nakibuuka
The days of Rtd. Col. Kaka Bagyenda as head of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) have come to an end after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni showed him the exit on Thursday afternoon.
Intelligence that has just reached our news desk indicates that Museveni, who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, made impromptu changes in ISO which left some senior officers promoted and others demoted, among them being Kaka, who was the Director General.
We have established that President Museveni has since appointed Charles Oluka as the new Director General of ISO, after the President decided to relieve Kaka of his duties due to crimes committed by ISO agents during his tenure.
This website has also learnt that Oluka will be deputized by Emmy Katabazi, who previously headed the ISO Media Desk.
Oluka previously served as Head of Technical and also operations at ISO and has served in several other capacities at the same organisation.
However, the decision to fire Kaka comes amidst simmering tensions in ISO, whereby a number of ISO agents have been reported in various crimes including hacking, extortion, armed robbery and corruption among others.
The revelation was made by the former ISO Cyber
Unit Chief Technical Officer, Alfred Idusso, who revealed in his resignation letter that a the intelligence gathering body is engulfed in a lot of rot and criminality.
He gave an example of his colleague Simon Odongo, who was recently arrested by the military, as the king of forgery at ISO.
However, ISO’s problems have severally been attributed to Kaka’s poor leadership.
Kaka, in his mid-seventies, played key intelligence roles during the NRA war which brought President Museveni to power in 1986.
He had retired to his farm in Kalangala Island before being brought on board by President Museveni as part of a wider effort to use old NRA cadres to strengthen the country’s security services.
That was how he ended up being appointed ISO Director General, although his tenure has been characterized by a high of sophisticated crimes that included kidnaps, rape, murder, armed robberies, a lot of cyber fraud, among others.