officers have been charged for engaging in acts of corruption, extortion and
misconduct during the Covid19 lockdown. More than 30 others are reportedly
Those charged the police’s disciplinary unit and pending trial are at the ranks
of Assistant Superintendents of Police, Inspectors of Police, Assistant Inspectors
of Police, Sergeants, Corporal and Police Constables. They are majorly from
Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Mbarara, Kassanda and Arua districts.
Although police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, did not reveal the number of police
officers under probe, he revealed that 10 were charged last week for extorting
money from riders, drivers, causing scandals in bars as well as aiding the escape
of a high profile suspect.
A police officer who preferred anonymity said more that the officers were implicated by civilians over extortion and corruption
instances. Enanga named the charged police officers as Sergeant Harriet
Wachemba, Police Constables Israel Akatuhurira and Joseph Katumba who were
charged in Mbarara for extorting money from Boda-Boda riders at checkpoints for
riding past curfew time.
President Yoweri Museveni declared a 6 pm and 9 pm curfew for riders and
drivers in a bid to prevent the rapid spread of prevent Covid19. The curfew was
brought forward to 5 pm for riders and 7 pm for drivers but Museveni at the
weekend pushed curfew to 6 pm and 7 pm for riders and drivers respectively.
There have been numerous complaints about police officers extorting money from
riders and drivers to release their impounded motorcycles and vehicles.
Inspector-General of Police Edward Ochom, who is also the director of police
operations, ordered Alert Squad commander Ashraf Chemonges to conduct a probe
and make impromptu visits to police stations and roadblocks.
In addition, police headquarters also ordered Professional Standards Unit –PSU
headed by Sarah Kibwika to ensure all complaints lodged against police officers
are expeditiously investigated and culprits charged in disciplinary or criminal
Enanga said the arrest and trial of police officers accused of extortion and
corruption is an indication that the police management is determined to reign on
cases of indiscipline within the force. Another police officer charged today at
Naguru police headquarters is Police Constable Pascal Wambwa.
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Wambwa held hostage revellers with whom he had picked a quarrel. At least six
other police officers have been charged in Arua for allegedly aiding the escape
of suspect Dennis Ogen who was accused of coordinating a rebel group.
officers include Twongo Joshua, Ojur Suleiman, Abidrabo, Alex Wanzara, Gilbert
Tolita and Gilbert Yaraba.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.