The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) are holding two senior Police Officers from Isingiro District in western Uganda, in connection with the questionable release of over a dozen Rwandan nationals who the Intel body believes entered the country illegally.
The officers who are detained by CMI in Kampala are Superintendent of Police Richard Erimu Okiror, who is the DPC Isingiro District, and ASP Charles Ndamanyire, the OC CIID Isingiro.
The two officers were arrested by officials from CMI on Good Friday, March 30th and driven toward Kampala, and have never returned to their work stations ever since.
The CMI officials also arrested one Amos Kiriya, the commandant of Oruchinga Refugee Settlement Camp in Isingiro and an Immigration Officer named Mr. Carthbert Washaba from Mbarara.
Security sources tell us the suspects’ troubles started mid last month, when a total of 13 Rwandan nationals entered the country via Kisoro, and were arrested by Police upon reaching Mbarara.
Police officers reportedly handed the group to the immigration office in Mbarara, pending verification of their travel documents and ascertaining their motives in Uganda.
They were shortly taken to Oruchinga Refugee Settlement Camp in Isingiro and their files were handed to Isingiro Police Station for handling.
There, they recorded their statements and Police commenced investigations.
Upon verification, the source says, the documents of the Rwandans were found to be authentic, and these were immediately set free.
CMI operatives however, learnt later that the group was in the country illegally and for unknown reasons.
Our source says when CMI heard that the group was set free; they rushed to Mbarara and summoned a meeting on 30th March 2018 at the Rwizi Regional Police headquarters in the office of the RPC Robert Walugembe.
The police officers were summoned and tasked to explain on what grounds they released the foreigners.
At the end of the meeting, the two senior police officers were bundled into a van and whisked away towards Kampala where they are believed to be held to this date.
When contacted, Samson Kasasira the Rwizi Region Police spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying that the officers are being interrogated by CMI.
“It’s true those people came in a meeting at the region which had been convened by some security operatives from Kampala under CMI. They were called to explain how some Rwandese were released but were later taken to Kampala,” Kasasira said
Hebert Muhangi, the RDC Isingiro also told this reporter on phone that he had heard about it but said information is still scanty.
Reached for confirmation, the UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said he was aware of the arrest but would not divulge further details.
“They (Police officers) are still helping us with investigations. That is all I can tell you,” he said.