Inspector General of Police John Martins Okoth Ochola today paid tribute to the late CP Okello Wilfred Makmot who died on transit in Dubai, on July 8, 2018.
“The entire Uganda Police Force mourns the unfortunate death of this disciplined , experienced, hardworking, and disciplined officer and his services will be greatly missed,” Mr. Ochola said these during the memorial service at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, Kampala.
The late Makmot passed on while on transit in Dubai, he was returning from a two weeks UN Review conference on the illicit trade on small arms and light weapons which had taken place at United Nations headquarters in New York.
The IGP told mourners that the Late was his boss between 1989 and early 1990 when he was the Commandant of Airport Police and Mr. Ochola was the OC station and both resided in Entebbe Police barracks.
“On behalf of the Uganda Police Force, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the late Okello,” Mr. Ochola said.
The Director Police Health Services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga said the deceased died of lung failure.
“Yesterday, we assembled a team to do the autopsy and I wish to inform you that there was no foul play that we found on the body but significantly we found that he got a blood clot in the right lung that block the vessels and he couldn’t breath and that’s why he collapsed and he died, So this is a natural death,” Dr. Byaruhanga said. “There was nothing much the team in Dubai would do but was basically precipitated by long flight from Florida across the ocean which took close to 19 hours seated and as you may be aware prolonged immobility precipitates blood clots.”
Makmot joined Police on 1st February 1987 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and had his initial training at Naguru Police College and finished in November 1987 and was posted to work in Luwero Police Station as the officer in charge, on 16/04/1991, he was confirmed as a full Assistant Superintendent of Police.
On 14th August 2001, he was promoted to Superintendent of Police
On 11th February 2004, he was further promoted to Senior Superintendent of Police.
He was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police on 4th February 2009, a rank he held till his death.
In 2010, he briefly retired from the Force and went to participate in politics; he was however reinstated in the Force on contract in 2013 and worked till his death.
The deceased served in various units including Luwero as OC station, Entebbe Airport as Commandant Airport Security, Bombo Police as OC station, Nsambya Barracks as OC Discipline, Kotido as OC CID, Kapchorwa as OC CID, Kumi as OC CID, CID Headquarters at Homicide Desk Officer, CPS Kampala as OC Anti Robbery Squad, Bushenyi as DPC, Luwero again as DPC, Katwe as DPC, North West Nile Region as RPC, Anti Stock Theft Unit as Commandant, Police headquarters as Commissioner Private Security and as Coordinator National Focal Point and Small Arms at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Headquarters.