Uganda: Over 100 Police Officers Under Probe for Aiding Crime, Officials Say National Security is at Stake

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Uganda police said over 100 of its officers are under investigation for alleged involvement in criminal activities, a thing which has raised security concerns in the East African state.

“Some of these officers are in cells whereas others are still at large but under investigation. The suspects are being examined for allegedly aiding criminal activities such as robbery, theft, bribery and extortion,” a Commandant of Uganda Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) Fortunate Habyara was quoted by the Monitor newspaper.

Uganda Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Fred Yiga, warned that the national security was at stake if the security agencies do not act swiftly on the increasing criminal gangs in the country.

“Criminal gangs are a time bomb for national security. We need to reinforce our internal policing systems. This, we need to do swiftly before criminals take over the country,” he said.

Local media reported last week that a report released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS),  on National Service Delivery Survey, police came on top among the most corrupt government institutions.

Daily monitor also reported in April 2016 that an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Steven Mugarura, authored a report pinning senior officers for assisting robberies in the capital Kampala.

The officers included; Assistant Inspector General of Police Grace Turyagumanawe, the director Peace and support directorate, Assistant Inspector General of Police Edward Ochom the director research and planning and Assistant Commissioner of Police Jimmy Katonyerera the commandant Police standards unit (PSU).

However, Uganda Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, threatened to arrest him claiming he had breached the force’s communication procedures by releasing the report to the media before briefing his immediate supervisors.

The officer has been among those needed for interrogation and has since deserted his office.

Credit: Daily Monitor