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Police investigates arrested officer who carried out illegal traffic stop 

Police in Kampala are investigating circumstances under which a police officer, attached to Kajjansi Police Station was allegedly arrested for an illegal traffic stop. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– The Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan police area is actively investigating circumstances under which a police officer, attached to Kajjansi Police Station was allegedly arrested for an illegal traffic stop.

In a statement released by police, the officer and his colleague had an intention to extort money from a fish dealer.

According to Police, the officer ASP Amutuhaire Bright, and his accomplice, Musinguzi Richard,  were driving a motor vehicle, Toyota Mark II, with private registration number plate: UAW 714B, intercepted another driver, Kisuka Tom.

Mr. Kisuka was in his car reg. No. UBD 328J, driving at Abaita Ababiri, along Entebbe road, on July 7, 2019 at around 10.00pm, when he was intercepted by the two suspects who had an intention of extorting money from him.

Police revealed that the officer is being charged with discreditable conduct and together with the civilian for demanding by menaces.

However, Police has refuted rumours of the gun fire exchange saying that during the incident, the suspects were unarmed.

“It is however, not true that there was a gun fire exchange during the arrest of the suspects, because they were unarmed.  Although, there was no violence, it is believed the officer used his uniform and authority to intimidate the victim, with the intention of extorting money from him.” The police statement reads in part.

“We want to commend the LDU Commander, Entebbe and the police response teams, which arrested the suspects while at the scene, for their swift response,” added police.

It however noted that the task team is looking into allegations of previous misconduct and illegal transactions against the officer, and if proved, he will definitely be held accountable for his actions.

Police said that the suspects took advantage in this vey instance, to blame the victim of his loopholes regarding his dealings in the fish business.

Therefore police has called on other members who could have been victimized by the officer to register their complaints with the Regional CID officer, Kampala Metropolitan South, Headquarters at Katwe.

“We want to thank all stakeholders and in particular the media and members of the public for taking keen interest, on how officers use their authority,” continues the statement.

Police added that exposing such officers is critical to ridding the force of bad officers. It further commended them for their good work.

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