Western Regional Traffic Boss Arrested over Bribe

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The office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has arrested the Western Regional Traffic officer, C/ASP James Muwanga for allegedly soliciting a bribe of 150,000 shillings from a bus operator.

The office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has arrested the Western Regional Traffic officer, C/ASP James Muwanga for allegedly soliciting a bribe of 150,000 shillings from a bus operator.
 
The traffic boss was arrested by Inspectorate of Government following a tip off by one of the bus operators.
 
The bus operator (name withheld by IGG for investigation purposes) queried the officer’s actions of levying the money in question against him and yet it was not backed by law.
 
Ms Munira Ali, the IGG’s public relations officer, on Friday said the traffic boss had been detained at CPS in Kampala and he was yet to be arraigned before the Anti Corruption Court.
 
However, yesterday Ms Munira said they had instead referred the traffic officer’s case to the Police Standards Unit for disciplinary action against him. Mr Muwanga is based in Fort Portal Town.
 
In a related development, the IGG arrested two more police officers based in Kaberamaido District for also soliciting a bribe of 100,000 shillings.
 
They included; IP John Wilson Alingu, the OC Station, Kalaki Police Post and DS James Opolot, the OC CID, Kalaki Police post.
 
According to Ms Munira, the duo officers were arrested for demanding the said money in exchange of releasing a suspect in their custody.
 
The duo was given a police bond on Friday as investigations into their actions continue.
 
According to the East Africa Bribery Index of 2011 carried out by Transparency International, Uganda Police Force was found to be the most bribery-prone institution compared to other forces in the five East African Community partner states.
 
The Uganda Police had 80.8 bribery index score followed by Burundian Police with a 75 index score.

 

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