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Butambala Magistrate Arrested For Soliciting A Bribe

Police in Butambala have arrested the Kibibi Grade Two Magistrate for alleged abuse of office and corruption. Perry Muhumuza, who is in charge of Kibibi and Kamengo Grade Two magistrates courts, was picked up on Wednesday evening from his chambers after complaints of corruption were filed against him at the Office of the Inspector General of Government.
Police in Butambala have arrested the Kibibi Grade Two Magistrate for alleged abuse of office and corruption.

Perry Muhumuza, who is in charge of Kibibi and Kamengo Grade Two magistrates courts, was picked up on Wednesday evening from his chambers after complaints of corruption were filed at the Office of the Inspector General of Government.

He was arrested by police commanded by Butambala District Police Commander Musa Kayongo. He was arrested alongside side court clerk only identified only Saidat and the two are currently being detained at Kampala Central Police Station.

Phillip Mukasa, the police spokesperson for Katonga and Wamala Regions, says Muhumuza was picked up after a woman whose identities were withheld by the force complained to the IGG about the magistrate. He reportedly asked her for bribe of 200,000 shillings to secure a court bail and kill the case of the accused person who was facing charges of malicious damage to property.

Mukasa explains that the police and IGG officers stormed the magistrates court and found the court in possession of a 20,000 shillings note which the complaint alleged to have given out as bribe to the magistrate. The bank note had already been photocopied as part of the investigations. Mukasa says the note has been confiscated and kept as exhibit as investigations into the matter continue.

He adds that police in the area had received reports that the same magistrate had messed up several cases after soliciting bribes from accused persons. Mukasa says that the investigations are still ongoing but the two judicial officers will be charged with abuse of office and corruption in the Anti-Corruption Court.

When contacted for comment, Ali Munira, the IGG spokesperson asked for more time to respond on the matter.

The IGG annual reports pin Judiciary as second most Corrupt institution in Uganda. Early this year, six judicial officers were fired after being found guilty of corruption and misconduct.

The Officers included David Kaaye Cheptuke, a former Grade One Magistrate in Kisoro and Okitui Odutu, the former Jinja Grade II magistrate who were fired after being convicted for soliciting a bribe. Others are Omondo Nyanga, formerly Chief Magistrate Rukungiri who was dismissed for misconduct and Kyotera Grade II magistrate, Gaston Kamugisha who was also retired in public interest.

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