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Assistant Commissioner of Police, Siraje Bakaleke, says he has been receiving life threatening phone calls since June this year.
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Barely three days after the former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira was assassinated, another senior police officer has complained of receiving death threats. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Siraje Bakaleke, says he has been receiving life threatening phone calls since June this year. 

He reported a case of death threats at Kampala Central Police station-CPS on June 12th 2018, where a General Enquiry File number GEF 075/2018 was opened. He also provided police with the airtel number 0757452357 that was used to call him.

The number is registered in the names of Betty Namuddu Mobile money services. According to Bakaleke, his tormentors called him on Monday, just two days after the assassination of Kirumira, saying he was next.

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Bakaleke skipped his appearance at the Civil Division of High Court on Tuesday where he is facing corruption related charges. 

His lawyer, Robert Senfuka told journalists that Bakaleke notified him that he had reduced his public appearances for fear of his life because of the death threats.

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The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed that the case had been reported at CPS. 

"It's true the case was reported and a General Enquiry File opened. We are investigating the matter including tracing for the number used to threaten him," Owoyesigyire told URN.

However, a source at CPS told our reporter that no action had been taken apart from recording from Bakaleke's statement. Bakaleke is not the first police officer to complain about death threats.

The slain Buyende DPC, Muhammad Kirumira also filed a case of death threats at Lungujja police station on February 28th, 2018 claiming that unidentified people had trailed him with numberless motorcycles for a couple of days and expressed fear for his life. .

However, apart from recording the complaints in the Station Diaries (SD) at the counter no action was taken. Police neither opened a case file nor investigated complaints. 

A police officer, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal from his superiors, says they simply thought the couple was seeking attention.