“Those very officials escorted us to the bank and after withdrawing the money, they immediately wanted us to give them a kick back which we earlier declined," says a member of the beneficiary groups who reported the officials to the police. "After a week, I agreed to pay them 150,000 Shillings, but they kept on harassing me as they demanded for more money.”
Mbayo was last week arrested while receiving a bribe of 500,000 Shilling from Lt. Edrine Ochieng, a soldier who was developing his plot of land located at plot 16 along Naranbhai road in Jinja central division.
Ssemwogere says some of the youths who had cash were released in the morning while those who didn’t have money had to call their relatives to rescue them. In his case, his father parted with Shillings 150,000 to ‘buy his freedom’.
Rebecca Ayeta the Acting Luweero District Police Commander said that they have embarked on investigations and has directed Police Professional Standards Unit to take up the matter to ensure the officer is penalized.
According to Tibor, he wants American investors to invest in Africa as a means of creating jobs and bringing prosperity, but this can only happen if there is transparent governance, equal chance at contracts and strong justice systems in case an aggrieved party has to appeal.
Robert Mujuni, a representative of fishermen at Kaiso landing site in Buseruka sub county Hoima district also confirms that some Ugandan fishermen bribe Congolese government officials to allow them to operate freely.
Their plea comes as the minister is arraigned in court following his arrest for allegedly soliciting a 30 million Shillings bribe from Hamid Muhammed, the proprietor of AYA Group of Companies. He was arrested from Serena Hotel in Kampala on Saturday.
Police in Kabale are holding the Kabale Chief Magistrates Court Clerk on allegations of soliciting a bribe of six hundred thousand shillings. Julius Zaribugyire is being accused of obtaining the money from Sylvia Kantwiiga, 58 and 34-year-old Ediviana Ninsiima. The two are mother and sister to Joseph Owomugisha who is on remand at Ndorwa Government prison on assault charges.
Two Police officers attached to Lira Central Police Station have arrested for attempting to extort two million shillings. The two officers have been identified as AIP Moses Odongo (Community Liaison Department), and detective constable Julius Opira.
The woman who was accused of attempting to bribe Eastern Youth MP, Peter Ogwang has been released on Police bond. According to Paul Kato, the commissioner of police at Parliament, Agnes Maria Namatovu was released on Tuesday, August 28, on police bond. The police have however not pressed any charges against the woman.