Two officers attached to Masaka Police station on Wednesday appeared before the law enforcement body’s disciplinary court to answer charges of bribery and extortion from a suspect.
They were arraigned following an investigation into an incident in which a man identified as Hussein Walugembe set himself ablaze inside a traffic police office at the station early this month.
The two identified as Sgt Julius Elelu a traffic officer and Ibra Ssesanga appeared before police court led by ACP David Manzi who read to them their charges, which they denied.
Early this month, Hussien Walugembe now deceased, who was a boda boda rider but also a cook for the inmates at the police station went to police to have his motorcycle released after it was impounded in an operation.
It is said that he attempted to convince the officers to release his motorcycle but they declined and insisted on a bribe, which irked Walugembe, hence committing suicide by setting himself ablaze.
The act raised mixed reactions from the public and the deceased’s family who requested action to be taken against the accused officers.
The director of operations AIGP Edward Ochom instituted an investigation that led to the arrest of the accused officers.
The disciplinary committee told the accused that it was wrong to impound the deceased’s motorcycle and ask him for Shs 140,000 to release it.
Complainants led by a one Isaac Owana, informed the court that on July 2, the accused persons insisted and piled pressure on the victim to pay them cash which he never had.
The duo will return to court on Thursday for a hearing.