The Inspector General of Police –IGP Martin
Ochola has directed the Crime Intelligence Unit to keep watch on police
patrollers for alleged bribery.
Ochola wants the Crime Intelligence
Unit that is under the Command of Assistant Commissioner of Police –ACP Thomas
Kasimo to monitor all highways and access routes and apprehend patrollers
involved in extortion and bribery for prosecution.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the unit’s task is to
conduct operations aimed at apprehending patrollers who solicit bribes from
motorists and pedestrians walking back home.
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Ochola’s order comes on the backdrop of numerous complaints
by drivers and pedestrians being victimised by police patrollers especially in
the night. It is alleged that most complaints have been raised by motorists
plying Entebbe Road, Busabala Road and Kansanga in Makindye Division in Kampala
and Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality in Wakiso District.
Julius Muhirwoha, a manager of a Betting company in Makindye
and resident of Salaama Kuleekana, says he has been stopped severally by police
patrol and threatened with detention unless he pays his way out.
“Because of my job, I often move in the night. Football
matches end past mid night and I have to ensure offices are closed once the last
big game of the day has been played. Police patrol once blocked me when I was
driving a car and I was asked to pay 30000 Shillings for my freedom,” Muhirwoha
Joseph Mukasa, an accountant, says he was arrested outside a
pub in Makindye and was threatened with being locked up Katwe police station
even when he had proper identification documents.
“I was not drunk and I was walking calmly on the roadside. Police Patrol confronted me and asked me where
I was going. They asked me to present my ID, which I did. I was shocked when
they said I should pay money or else be detained. I was saved by my military
friend who I called that night,” Mukasa said.
Enanga asks the public not to lump all officers in the same
basket because the force is fortunate to have so many outstanding officers
working on highway and routine patrol to protect and serve the community.
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Ochola hasn’t only tasked Crime Intelligence to monitor and
arrest errant patrol officers but also drivers bribes officers to get away with
traffic offences. Enanga rallies the public to take interest, capture footage
of officers and suspects who are seen negotiating for bribes.