A highly placed source familiar with the matter told URN on condition of anonymity that the Marine Officers whose duty is to man security on Lake Victoria took a police boat without permission of the Coxswain (Boat Driver) and sailed up to Tanzanian territory.
Sargent Christopher Kyebogola and Police Constable David Mungoma appearing in Court
Two more Police Marine officers have appeared
Road Magistrate’s Court for abuse of office. They are Sergeant Christopher
Kyebogola and Police Constable David Mungoma, both attached to Kasenyi Police
Marine Detach in Katabi Town Council in Wakiso District.
The two, who have been
on the run since July 2019 appeared on Thursday
afternoon before Buganda Grade one Magistrate, Asuman Muhumuza. Prosecution
heard that on July 29th 2019, the accused persons did an arbitrary act to
their employer when they irregularly moved and piloted a Uganda Police Fiber
Boat registration number UP 086 beyond the detach territory without following
proper procedures under the Police Marine Unit Standard Operating
The two pleaded not guilty
to the charges. They are jointly charged with Corporal
Amos Otim and Peter Olobo who were remanded by the Buganda Road Chief
Magistrate, Mariam Ayo Akello last week on similar offenses. The
State Prosecutor, Patricia Cingtho told court investigations
into the matter are still ongoing.
accordingly remanded the duo to Kitalya Government prison until April 16th 2020
when they will return for the mention of their matter. A highly placed source
familiar with the matter told URN on condition of anonymity that the Marine Officers
whose duty is to man security on Lake Victoria took a police boat without
permission of the Coxswain (Boat Driver) and sailed up to Tanzanian territory.
reportedly took along four guns, which sank together with the police boat. The source said Police are also investigating
cases of theft and robbery committed by the suspects against Tanzanian Police. Prior
to the arrest of the suspects, Charles Twine, the Spokesman of the Criminal
Investigations Directorate, said they were trucking them using phone numbers
recovered from their respective hideouts.
According to Twine, Kyebogola whose home is in
Bugiri District was found hiding in Nakasongola while his colleague was found
in Manafwa District.