The Police Disciplinary Standby Court at Police Headquarters on Monday charged 8 officers for professional misconduct.
According to the law enforcement body, the officers were accused of failing to respond to distress call that was raised by the late Maria Nagirinya when she had been kidnapped.
In a statement by the force’ Public Relations Officer CP Fred Enanga, there has been an internal misconduct investigation by the Professional Standards Unit which also recommended that the officers undergo a disciplinary process.
In the investigations, seven officers who included; ASP Byansi Mohammed, ASP Nizeyimana Andrew, ASP Okello Allan, D/AIP Baguma Sunday, CPL Owona Samuel, PC Basaliza Joshua and PC Kitute Deo, were jointly charged with neglect of duty C/S 44(1), Code 19(a), (b), (c) of the Police Act, Cap 303.
“The officers, it is alleged, neglected to promptly and diligently attend to their duty, as on the 28/08/2019 and 29/08/2019 in KMP South, when they failed to immediately respond to a report of a kidnap, which affected the eventual response towards the victims, Maria Nagirinya and Ronald Kitayimbwa,” reads part of the statement.
An additional officer, D/CPL Reuben Kibikwamu, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
It is alleged, he acted in a manner likely to bring discredit to the reputation of Police and cause injury to public service on 28/08/2019 and 29/08/2019, at Nateete Police Station.
He was also accused of failing to professionally attend to the relatives of Maria Nagirinya and Ronald Kitayimbwa, who had sought his assistance.
All the 8 defaulters appeared before the Police Headquarters Disciplinary Standby Court and pleaded not guilty.
Mr Enanga stated that they are all presumed innocent at this point and court has to either prove or disprove the allegations against them.
“This case clearly demonstrates how the force is well prepared to robustly address all issues of Professional Misconduct, in order to uphold the highest standards of policing,” he said.
Adding that “All officers are reminded of their duty to uphold the law and display the highest level of professionalism in the course of their duties. Therefore, any officer who compromises confidence in the force will always be dealt with appropriately.”