KIKUUBE – Several police officers in Kikuube district are in trouble over corruption and failure to carry out their duties professionally.
The accused police officers are; the Officer in-Charge (OC) of Kyarushesha police post, Yosia Kisimba and the OC Kasonga police post, Steven Mawa.
Others are, police officers attached to Kikuube police station.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kikuube, Amlan Tumusime ordered the arrest and transfer from his work station of Kisimba and the arrest of Mawa. He also ordered for the investigation of other police officers from Kikuube police station.
The RDC’s orders come after residents of Bwera village, Kyangwali sub-county in Kikuube district sought his intervention over the continued misconduct of police officers in the area.
In the petition signed by more than 400 residents, the police officers at Kikuube police station and Kyarushesha police post were accused of being corrupt and unprofessional.
During a security meeting chaired by the RDC, in Bwera village on Sunday evening, Kisimba was accused of releasing suspects who were found torturing one of the residents, John Turyamureba.
According to Godwin Munara, the Chairman LC I, Bwera village Butole Parish, Kyangali sub-county, on August 19th, 2021, arrested a group of people who were accused of torturing Turyamureba but a day later, they were released without being charged.
It is alleged that the police officers connived with Pastor Living Kangenyi of Bwera Miracle Church to release the suspects on police bond.
It is alleged that the released suspects on the day they were released connived with the children and wife of the Turyamureba and killed the man whom they had earlier tortured. Turyamureba’s body was found dumped on a farm.
The suspects who included Stephanie Uwimaana, the wife to the deceased, Twekabe James and Richard Musiguzi, sons to the deceased, Samuel Mugisha, Alloys Habineza, John Mbabazi and Jackson Tushabomwe all members of Bwera Miracle Church were arrested after the death of Turyamureba.
After the arrest of the 7 suspects on 21 of August, 2021, they were detained at Kikuube police station; however, 6 of the suspects who included the children and their mother were released on police bond.
In their petition, the residents also accused Steven Mawa, the OC Kasonga of demanding Shs300,000 to carry out a post-mortem for the deceased (Turyamureba).
According to Munara, the release of the suspects and unprofessional conduct angered the residents and petitioned the office of RDC calling for his intervention.
He added that the release of the suspect is giving the residents sleepless nights fearing that the group may attack and kill another resident since the motive of killing a fellow resident was not known.
Munara says that police are not helping the local communities adding that instead of providing security; they (police) are fueling conflicts.
In his response, RDC Tumusime ordered for the arrest and transfer of the OC for Kisimba and Mawa from the police post and also ordered for the re-arrest of the suspects. He directed that the police officers accused of conniving to release the suspects be investigated.
“Such police officers are the ones tarnishing the image of police and the government, so the OC of Kyarushesha and Kasonga must be arrested and must make a statement,” the RDC ordered.
However, Daniel Kata Mugisa, the Kikuube district CID Officer explains that, the six suspects were released after one of the suspects, Jackson Tushabomwe confessed to having killed the deceased alone. He noted that Jackson Tushabomwe is currently detained at Masindi prison.
He asked the residents to provide police with more evidence and promised to re-arrest the suspects after investigation and getting enough evidence.
The OC Kisimba failed to defend himself and said that he was misled by Pastor Mugyeni and asked for forgiveness.
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