Corruption: Mubende Residents Lose Confidence in Police

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Sarah Kajumba, a resident of Kasenyi Caltex Zone in Western Division in Mubende Municipality, says she lost trust in the Police. Brian Luwaga

Sarah Kajumba, a resident of Kasenyi Caltex Zone in Western Division in Mubende Municipality, says she lost trust in the Police. Login to license this image from 1$.

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Residents of Mubende Municipality say they have lost confidence in the Police over what they call rampant corruption in the Force. Sarah Kajumba, a resident of Kasenyi Caltex Zone in Western Division in Mubende Municipality, told the officials that her goat was stolen but when she attempted to get a sniffer dog she was asked for a bribe of 20,000 shillings which she didnt have and the dog handlers refused to bring it.

Residents of Mubende Municipality say they have lost confidence in the Police over what they call rampant corruption in the Force.
 
On Friday, officials drawn from the Inspectorate of Government, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset's Authority-PPDA, Office of the Auditor General, Directorate of Ethics and Integrity and Justice, Law and Order Sector held an anti-corruption campaign at Mayor's Gardens in Mubende Municipality to educate the people against the vice and restore trust in government institutions.
 
The Anti-Corruption campaign was held under the theme "Restoring Integrity in Public Service, Regaining Citizens trust in Anti-Corruption Fight".
 
However, speaker after speaker pinned the police saying its corrupt and they wanted the Inspectorate of Government to empower them so as they get justice when they need its services.
 
Sarah Kajumba, a resident of Kasenyi Caltex Zone in Western Division in Mubende Municipality, told the officials that her goat was stolen but when she attempted to get a sniffer dog she was asked for a bribe of 20,000 shillings which she didn't have and the dog handlers refused to bring it.
 
Kajumba also told officials that police officers were also asking for 2,000 shillings to allow relatives access a suspect in police cells. This is on top of selling police bonds.
 
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Another resident, Florence Nazziwa, said she was assaulted by a friend over business rivalry but police instead detained her without investigations.
 
Joel Kaganda, another resident says that they also fear to report Police and government officials who solicit bribes because they can harm them.
 
Kaganda asked the Inspectorate of Government to secure its whistle-blowers if they want them to report cases of complaints.
 
Innocent Ssekiziyivu, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality, proposed that government redesign work stations of public officers to look like banks and other open offices to make it hard to ask for a bribe from people looking for a service.
 
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The District Police Commander for Mubende didn't attend the campaign but the Acting Commissioner Central and Foreign Missions Fraud, Senior Superintendent of Police Godwin Tumugumye, who represented Justice, Law and Order Sector asked the residents to report the matters to Regional Police Commander and office of Police Standards Unit to investigate the accused persons.
 
Fredrick Oketcho, the Deputy Region Inspectorate of Government Officer, said that the office resolved to hold the countrywide campaign to educate and empower civilians on how to report such cases for actions.
 
Oketcho said some citizens didn't know their rights and that's why they were cheated.
 
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On 9th December Uganda will join the rest of the world to observe the Anti-Corruption Day which was set by United Nations to create awareness about corruption and how to fight it.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.

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