Uganda Police Force has Tuesday expressed gratitude towards the action by Local Defence Unit in which they arrested a police officer in a foiled robbery attempt in Entebbe on Sunday night.
This was in a statement released by spokesperson Fred Enanga on behalf of the law enforcement body.
“We want to commend the LDU Commander, Entebbe and the police response teams, which arrested the suspects while at the scene, for their swift response,” he stated.
Mr Enanga also said that the territorial Police in KMP is actively investigating circumstances under which a police officer, attached to Kajjansi Police Station was allegedly arrested for an illegal traffic stop, with intention to extort money from a fish dealer.
The officer, ASP Amutuhaire Bright, together with an accomplice, Musinguzi Richard, while driving motor vehicle, Toyota Mark II, registration number, UAW 714B, intercepted the businessman Kisuka Tom, in his car registration number UBD 328J, at Abaita Ababiri, along Entebbe road, on 7th July, 2019 at around 10.00pm, with an intention of extorting money from him.
However, police states that it is not true that there was a gun fire exchange during the arrest of the suspects, because they were unarmed.
“Although, there was no violence, it is believed the officer used his uniform and authority to intimidate the victim, with the intention of extorting money from him,” Mr Enanga said.
According to him, the officer is being charged with discreditable conduct and together with the civilian for demanding by menaces.
Also, the task team is looking into allegations of previous misconduct and illegal transactions against the officer, and if proved, police says he will definitely be held accountable for his actions.
In this very instance, the law enforcement agency also said that it is alleged the duo took advantage of the loopholes in the victim’s dealings in the fish business.
“We urge any other members who could have been victimized by the officer to register their complaints with the Regional CID officer, Kampala Metropolitan South, Headquarters at Katwe,” Enanga added.
The action of quick response by the LDU has also been commended saying that it sets precedent of the efforts taken to wipe out corrupt individuals from the force.
“We want to thank all stakeholders and in particular the media and members of the public for taking keen interest, on how officers use their authority. Exposing such officers is critical to ridding the force of bad officers,” Reads part of the statement.
However, police told the public to understand that the majority of police officers are doing a great job of keeping communities safe, upholding the law as well as resisting the temptation of abusing their positions.
The force’s publicist further also reassured members of the public, that police management is doing its very best, to ensure all ranks are cleared of all forms of corrupt practices and that all officers involved in any illegal activity, are brought to justice.