As Security agencies step up a crackdown on criminality especially in Kampala metropolitan areas, there is an emerging public outcry especially of extortion by security operatives, Chimp Corps reveal.
Recently, police and army have been visible carrying out joint foot and motorized operations in Kampala and its suburbs with a purpose to deter crime.
In his end of year security message, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola expressed confidence in the ongoing joint security operations across the country saying that it will reduce on criminality.
Mr Ochola said that the year 2018 has had a lot of security challenges but assured the public that it has drastically reduced due to police cooperation with sister security agencies.
Besides the joint operations, Mr Ochola also tasked all police commanders to deploy adequately and secure the festive season through direct police operations.
In Kampala, Joint forces carry out day and night foot and motorized patrols on a daily basis in most suburbs and slum areas.
In the operations, many criminals including pick pockets, drug abusers, bag and phone snatchers have been apprehended.
However, this investigative website has established that as the security operations take route, there is an emerging public outcry of extortion by the security officers.
It has been established that many people have been arrested as early as 8pm when night operations start.
Victims who spoke to this website on basis of anonymity said that they were arrested on their way home from work and their money taken by the security officers.
Mr Shwaib Kagwa, a University Lecturer and resident of Gayaza, a Kampala suburb in an interview told chimp corps that he was arrested for not possessing a national ID.
“UPDF, Police and LDU personnel who are scattered in the suburbs of Kampala ostensibly to protect people from the criminals are instead fleecing citizens of money daily.”
This investigative website has established that suspects are asked to pay between Shs 30,000 to 50,000 before being let free.
On Tuesday, when tasked by journalists to respond to the raising public outcry, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima declined to comment saying that “Am not aware about that.”
He urged the public to cooperate with security and take part in crime prevention.