Angry Residents of Kiroya cell in Karujubu
division, Masindi municipality in Masindi district have teamed up and arrested a police
officer whom they accuse of extortion during the COVID-19 lockdown announced by President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to curtail the further spread of the deadly COVID-19 Pandemic
in the Country.
The arrested officer has been identified as
Bonny Ogwang attached to Masindi Central Police station. He was arrested last
Oliver Komugisa, the Vice Chairperson of Kiroya
cell claims that the officer raided their area extorting money
from the locals while claiming to be enforcing the COVID-19 guidelines.
She alleges that the officer reached the extent of
entering peoples' houses during the night, a thing that prompted
locals to team up and arrest him. He was later handed over to Masindi central
police station by the area residents.
//cue in;”Tusasire muno habwa…
Cue out:…muba police bayo.”//
Olivia Kaahwa, a resident, claims the officer
invaded her shop and arrested her saying she was violating the curfew
guidelines yet she was inside her house at the time the officer invaded her home. She claims she was released after she paid shillings 50,000 to the officer.
According to Kaahwa, the officer refunded the
money after she approached a senior security officials in the district. She does not elaborate what other logical steps the senior security officer took until the said public arrest of the policeman.
//cue in;”Musirikale aka ija…
Cue out:…Arumu mutwalu itanu.”//
Solomon Asiimwe, the Chairperson Karujubu
division, says acts of extortion among police officers effecting the curfew
guidelines have become intolerable, and called upon top police officers in Masindi to
investigate their juniors.
//cue in;”Kwemurugunya kuruga mu…
Cue out:…hamu na police.”//
Edinah Nyiraneza, the Masindi District Police
Commander-DPC confirmed Ogwang’s arrest by the residents but dismissed
allegations of extortion and terrorizing the residents levelled against him.
According to Nyinareza, Ogwang who is
currently attached to the Masindi Police Barracks Health Center III was
arrested by the residents as he had gone to treat a patient in Kiroya.
She however says they have launched
investigations into reports of extortion being levied against the police