Residents, Police Feud Over Release of Suspects

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Frank Korinako, a businessman at Katuna boarder wonders why police always claim the suspects have escaped from custody yet there are no signs of break-in.

Tension is mounting between Katuna town council residents and Police over the release of suspected criminals handed over to them for prosecution. 
Residents claim that whenever they arrest criminals and hand them over to Katuna Central Police Station they are released.  They accuse the officers of deliberately misplacing the files of the suspects to frustrate their prosecution. 

Residents are particularly angry that police doesn't consult the complaints before the suspects are release, which has fueled insecurity in the town council. Agatha Ninsiima, a resident of Mukaranje ward says she caused the arrest of two suspected robbers who broke into her shop last month. 

She however, says she was dismayed when the suspects were released only a few hours after their arrest. According to Ninsiima, she approached the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department at Katuna Central Police for an explanation and was bounced by the officers. 

Deus Turyasingura, a resident of Kyonyo ward, says the unexplained release of suspects from custody shortly after their arrest at Katuna Police station is the order of the day, a thing he blames on corrupt officers.
 

Frank Korinako, a businessman at Katuna boarder wonders why police always claim the suspects have escaped from custody yet there are no signs of break-in. He calls for the transfer of the officers if security is to be maintained in the town council.


 
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Zadock Kajeera, the Officer-in-Charge of Katuna Police Station blames the residents for the mess. According to Kajeera, most residents neither follow up their complaints nor provide police with the necessary evidence, which leaves them without any other option but to release the suspects.
 
 
He however, admits that there are some police officers who release suspects without the knowledge of the complainants.


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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.