Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the Police Disciplinary Tribunal chaired by Senior Police Commissioner, Dennis Odongpiny found seven officers guilty of negligence of duty while the remaining officer was found guilty of discreditable conduct that tainted the police image.
The Police Disciplinary Tribunal has convicted
eight police officers accused of negligence in connection to the kidnap and
murder of social worker, Maria Nagirinya.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the Police
Disciplinary Tribunal chaired by Senior Police Commissioner, Dennis Odongpiny
found seven officers guilty of negligence of duty while the remaining officer was found guilty
of discreditable conduct that tainted the police image.
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The convicts are Assistant
Superintendent of Police –ASP, Muhammad Byansi, the Officer in Charge of Natete
Police Station, ASP Nizeyimana Andrew, ASP Okello Allan, Detective Assistant
Inspector of Police- D/AIP Baguma Sunday, Corporal Owona Samuel, Police
Constable Basaliza Joshua and PC Kitute Deo.
The seven were jointly charged with Neglect of Duty contrary
to section 44(1), Code 19(a), (b), (c) of the Police Act, Cap 303. Prosecution
led by Senior Superintendent of Police –SSP, Stephen Ibanda said the accused neglected
duty when they failed to promptly and diligently attend to a report of kidnap,
which eventual affected response towards the victims, Maria Nagirinya and her
driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa.
While others were charged with negligence of duty, Corporal
Reuben Kibikwamu was also charged with Discreditable or Irregular Conduct
contrary to section Code 12 of the Police Act, Cap 303. Ibanda
submitted that Corporal Kibikwamu acted in a manner likely to discredit the
reputation of the Uganda Police Force and cause injury to public service when he
failed to professionally attend to the relatives of Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa,
who sought his assistance.
Enanga said much all the officers were found guilty;
only two juniors Cpl Kibikwamu and Cpl Owana have been demoted to Police
Constables while their commanders including ASP Byansi, ASP Nizeyimana, ASP
Okello and AIP Baguma have been given reprimands.
Reprimand means an officer would be suspended
or expelled from the police force if he or she ever commits another crime.
Corporal Kibikwamu was demoted because he remained seated with his legs on top
of the table as he was found by Nagirinya’s relatives. He reportedly told them
off, saying kidnaps were not among his duties for that night.
Corporal Owana was in charge of the signal center
and failed to send out an alert for appropriate action to be taken to rescue
Nagirinya. The trial of the police officers emanated from
the kidnap and subsequent murder of Nagirinya outside her home gate in Lungujja
on August 28th.
Her relatives including her father, Francis Lubowa
blamed police for failing to act to save her life. President Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni ordered for their arrest after speaking to Lubowa on phone
where he expressed disappointment with the police failure to respond to their
pleas for help to save Nagirinya.
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.