The Police in the Kiira region has arrested a 39- year old man for
allegedly impersonating the Kiira Region Police Commander, Dauda Hiriga.
Gabriel Mukiibi, a resident of Wakitaka cell in Northern Division,
Jinja City was arrested from his hideout in
Wakitaka cell on Tuesday night.
It is alleged that, on several instances, Mukiibi would
impersonate Hiriga and go to factories across the city, demanding got
money to meet the funeral expenses of officers who lose relatives each month.
It is reported that such funds would range between 300,000-1,000,000
Shillings which prompted the factory owners to raise complaints before police
authorities, claiming that, the monthly remittances were negatively impacting the
smooth operations of some of the smaller factories whose businesses were badly
affected by the covid19 lockdown.
Mukiibi is also accused of staging illegal roadblocks in the
city suburbs to extort money from unsuspecting civilians who are found of violating
In his statement, Mukiibi confessed to having obtained money
through false pretence and asked police authorities to forgive him.
Meanwhile, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, Abbey Ngako says
that Mukiibi’s actions had created a bad image for the police leadership within
the city and his arrest is a relief that will eventually redeem their
Ngako further reveals that Mukiibi is also a renowned counterfeit
currency dealer and a fake land dealer, who has been on the police’s wanted
list for the past eight months.
He adds that the suspect will face three counts of obtaining money
through false pretence, dealing in fake currency, orchestrating illegal land
transactions and impersonation.