KAMPALA – The Commandant of the Cyber Unit at Kampala Central Police Station, Simon Nkonge, has been arrested by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for allegedly threatening city businessman Vincent Luyinda into giving him a $60,000 (sh223 million) bribe.
Nkonge was arrested on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, together with former Flying Squad Unit operative, Martin Kimbowa and a civilian identified as Allan Ssendegeya.
The trio, according to police sources, threatened Luyinda that they were going to reveal how he had buried a human being in his newly constructed Kooki Tower building.
According to sources, Nkonge and his group first contacted Luyinda, warning him that they were ready to expose him if he failed to pay for their silence.
Sources said whereas the businessman was ready to pay them about $20,000 (about Shs74m) for their silence, the police officers kept playing truant and increased the money on several occasions.
Luyinda, sources said, is said to have alarmed by the incessant demands from the police officers, forcing to alert his “friends in CMI” who planned on how to arrest Nkonge and his group.
CMI told Luyinda to trick the officers that they were going to receive the money outside the City centre since it was a sensitive matter. The army surrounded the suspects as they were meeting Luyinda at Nsangi in Wakiso District along Kampala- Masaka highway. The trio is being held under case reference SD 75/09/03/2020 at Kabalagala police division.
At Kabalagala sources said the suspects will be transferred to the Special Investigations Division –SID in Kireka.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, confirmed the arrest of the suspects but declined to divulge details into the matter.
“Yes, we have two of our officers whom we have arrested and one civilian on threatening violence and demanding money by menace,” Onyango said.