The Director of Research, Planning and Development Directorate Assistant Inspector General of the Police Edward Ochom issuing the directive at public dialogue held at Luweero Magistrate court on Monday
Inspector General of Police, Edward Ochom has directed the immediate transfer
of Gerald Bamwesigye, the Officer in Charge of Kalagala Police post in Luweero
district over corruption allegations.
Ochom, who doubles as the Director of Research,
Planning and Development Directorate in Uganda Police Force has ordered the Savannah
Region Police Commander, Bosco Otim to transfer Bamwesigye from Kalagala Police
post to Luweero Central Police and investigate him for alleged corruption.
He issued the directive on Monday
after receiving complaints against the officer during his tour in Luweero
district. Ochom also ordered for investigations and close supervision of
Alfred Opio, a police officer attached to the records office at Luweero Central
Police for alleged corruption.
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Moses Kinene, a resident of Kalagala Kooko village accuses Bamwesigye
of profiteering from land cases by arresting people for alleged criminal
trespass before asking them money for police bond.
According to Kinene,
he was picked up on three different occasions in connection to land disputes and
was asked for Shillings 300,000 for police bond on the last occasion.
Zam Nabakiibi, another resident accused the
officer of conniving with landlords to oppress tenants after getting bribes.
Kinene and Nabakiibi
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Bamwesigye who has been serving on probation was unavailable
to defend himself against the allegations.
The Savannah Region Police Commander,
Bosco Otim has ordered the Criminal Investigations department and Professional
Standards Unit to investigate the accusations against the officer.
Phoebe Namulindwa, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner,
says a number of police officers in the district are corrupt.
She asked the RPC
to act on the errant officers instead of waiting for senior officers from
Kampala to bring the officers to him.
Namulindwa singled out officers attached to
Kasana, Wobulenzi and Luweero Police stations she accused of extortion.
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Last year, Asan Kasingye, the Chief Political
Commissioner of Uganda Police Force suspended three Police officers attached to
Kalagala Police Post including Christine Birabwa, Corporal Louis Adirubo and
Corporal Norah Namirembe for absconding from duty with authorisation.
had paid an impromptu visit to the police station during a community policing
drive in the area but didn’t find the officers at their duty station.