Walugembe burnt himself in Ssesanga's office, after failing to convince him to return his motorcycle registration number UDL 591L which had been impounded by a traffic officer Julius Ewalu for allegedly operating beyond curfew time. The Police officer allegedly suspected that the bodaboda was being used to transport passengers.
The police disciplinary court sitting in Masaka has sentenced two officers attached to Masaka central police station to dismissal from the
Uganda Police Force. The two were accused of abetting corruption and scandalous behaviour.
The court, chaired by ASP David Manzi heard that on July 2, 2020,
Sgt Ibrahim Ssesanga, the acting in-charge of traffic at Masaka Central
Police Station, acted in a scandalous manner that resulted in the death
of one Hussein Walugembe, a guard
at a construction site. Walugembe burnt himself in Ssesanga's office, after
failing to convince him to return his motorcycle registration number UDL 591L which had been impounded by a traffic officer Julius
Ewalu for allegedly operating beyond curfew time. The Police officer allegedly suspected
that the bodaboda was being used to transport passengers.
to information available to police, Walugembe had just bought the
which he gave to a friend to use for bodaboda business. When it was impounded, he went to
police to demand
that it be returned to him. But the two officers refused, instead, demanding a bribe of 40,000 Shillings from him.
Amoro, one of the prosecution witnesses told the court that Walugembe
approached the traffic office two times pleading to have his motorcycle
released and equally threatened to end his life if he plea was not
heeded to. Issac
Owana, who led the prosecution told the court that Ssesanga’s behaviour
sparked public outrage, an important ingredient to prove a case of
scandalous behaviour which resulted in the loss of life and property. He
added that through his conduct, Ssesanga had flouted a cardinal
principle of the force to protect lives and property.
his defence, Ssesanga told the court that the evidence brought against him by the prosecution is concocted, and aimed at tarnishing his name.
He asked the court to dismiss the case for lack of evidence.
the presiding court chairperson ASP David Manzi agreed with the
prosecution that it had proved that Ssesanga acted in a manner that left
Walugembe frustrated, betrayed and abused opting to end his life.
Manzi said that by ignoring Walugembe's threats, Ssesanga acted in a manner unbecoming of a police officer.
said that as a trained police officer, Ssesanga had the power, mandate
and skills to prevent the incident because he had the opportunity to
talk to Walugembe and convince him that his motorcycle would be
released. The failure to do this, according to the court was scandalous
subsequently dismissed from the force despite his plea for a pardon on
the account of being a first-time offender and sole breadwinner for his
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But the court dismissed the charge of abetting corruption against Ssesanga saying that prosecution had failed to prove that Ssesanga solicited a bribe from the deceased. Instead, the traffic officer Julius Elwalu was convicted for the same.
The court heard that
Elwalu had solicited and received 100, 000 Shillings from one Noordin
Byakatonda to release his car Registration number UAK 147L that had been
impounded during the curfew. He also received 40,000 Shillings from one
Yasin Kalyango to release his son’s bicycle that had been impounded by
presented exhibits of money returned by Ewalu to the
complainants after filing a case at Police Standards Unit office in
Masaka, the basis of which the court sentenced him to dismissal from the
force. Elwalu, was in February 2020, convicted for indiscipline after giving a phone to a
suspect in custody.
Manzi said that Ewalu’s unprofessional conduct dents the image of the force and that he didn't seem remorseful for his actions.
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Sgt Ewalu had served the force for 10 years while Sgt Ssesanga had served the force for eight years.