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Kabale CIDs, OCs Accused of Using Harsh Language

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Abdu Mugyenyi, a resident of Kirigime cell in Central division in Kabale municipality he has visited Kabale central police station on several occasions seeking services only to be turned away by the arrogant CID officers
11 Jul 2019 13:28
Kabale Central Police Station

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Residents of Kabale have criticised officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department-CID and in Charges of Police outposts across the district for using harsh language.

Residents claim that they are treated harshly by Police detectives and OCs whenever they rush to police to seek services. As a result, the residents claim that many of them shy away from reporting cases and resort to taking the law into their own hands.  

Abdu Mugyenyi, a resident of Kirigime cell in Central division in Kabale municipality he has visited Kabale central police station on several occasions seeking services only to be turned away by the arrogant CID officers. 

Mugyenyi also notes that he is tired of CID officers closing their cases citing lack of evidence instead of advising them of what to do.

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Mary Baragizi, the LC I Chairperson Kirwa Village in Nyabikoni ward in Central division, says their efforts to ensure criminals are prosecuted are frustrated by the attitude of the CID officers.

He says this has given chance to criminals to continue giving residents sleepless

nights. 

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Cue out: …eiteeka riragamba.”//  

Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the Director of Kick Corruption out of Kigezi-KICKS, a non-governmental organisation based in Kabale, says most CID officers and OC brag on residents as if they are Inspector Generals of Police. 

Byamugisha says as a result, many residents to report cases, which undermines the delivery of justice.

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Cue out: …Kurungi munonga.”  

Moses Bahatiyamungu, a resident of Katuna town council, wants the implicated officers expelled from the force.   

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Cue out: …kirugemu akabi.”//

The Deputy Commissioner for Community Policing, Anatioli Muletelwa concurs with the complaints of arrogance leveled against the officers in Kabale, saying it has greatly affected police work and its relationship with the community.  

He says it is a big shame for the officers to handle their clients with arrogance.   

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Muletelwa says criminals have taken advantage of the high levels of mistrust between the police and community to wreak havoc.    

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The 2018 Police annual crime report ranked Kigezi sub region in 8th position among the regions with high crime levels. Kabale district came 9th with 3,429 cases in 2018. 

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