On July 6th Kayongo lost his pistol to a group of thugs that disguised as soldiers of Special Forces Command-SFC. They claimed that they were an advance team deployed ahead of President Musevenis visit to Kyotera district.
The sacking of Mwesigwa comes barely a month after he took over from the former PSU Commandant, Joel Aguma who is facing trial in the military court martial for kidnapping and illegally repatriating Rwandan nationals.
The investigations will focus on the Human Resource Administration department, which is in charge of promotions and deployment of police officers as well as the Directorate of Logistics and Engineering.
Those arrested are Justus Namara, the officer in charge of Bujjuko police Station and Martin Basil, in charge criminal investigations at the same station. Preliminary investigations indicate that the two officers extorted 700,000 shillings from the rape suspect identified as Holly Kizito, dropped the charges against him and later closed the rape file.
Police is under the spotlight for mismanaging investigations into a criminal assault case filed by Uganda Radio Network Journalist Edward Bindhe against NRM party spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa. A police officer identified as Musa Bwambale, who was initially charged with investigating the matter, started tossing him alleging that the file had been misplaced and could only be found if he paid in some money. This went on until Maxwell Ogwal, the then Greater Masaka Police Commander, intervened and ordered Bwambale to produce the case file before he eventually assigned Samuel Mukesi to proceed with investigations.
Eighty five police officers have been convicted in criminal courts and sentenced for their individual criminal actions in the last 12 years. These are part of 1,946 police officers who have been implicated in more than 22,460 complaints filed by the public and investigated by the Professional Standards Unit PSU. The Uganda Police established PSU in 2005, first as a disciplinary committee of the force. It was expanded and empowered to investigate all kinds of complaints and crimes against the police personnel.
On Wednesday, Ronald Sande, a resident of Kyenjojo town council died under unclear circumstances while in detention at Kyenjojo Police Station. Sande had been arrested together with a group on five other people during an operation conducted by security agencies in Kyenjojo town. Itâ€™s alleged that the deceased and the suspects were found in possession of rolls of opium.