KAMPALA — A junior police driver identified as Christopher Opio, has been taken into custody, for misuse of a police van, after he diverted it for his personal duties, Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson has said.
Opio was arrested on Saturday evening after a video clip emerged on social media showing him loading passengers in a police minibus in total breach of June 18 Presidential directive.
“As the police, we strongly condemn the actions of our driver, which serves to undermine our enforcement efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in the country,” Enanga said, adding that Opio’s shameful act is also in direct contrast with Police’s fleet management protocols, where all police drivers are as a MUST directed to park their vehicles at their work stations.
Earlier, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja had revealed that investigations were underway after the video emerged online.
Police praised the people who recorded the clip saying the force is disciplined.
“We want to thank the public for recording and sharing the video on such acts of gross misconduct by officers. The UPF, is a disciplined force, which does not condone any misuse of its fleet, moreso during a critical period of the pandemic, where a good percentage of our fleet including buses, lorries, vans and motorcycles are redirected towards the enforcement of the anti-covid 19 measures,” Enanga said.
“We also want to provide maximum assurance to the public that we deal robustly with all forms of indiscipline in the force. The driver was immediately tracked down, as soon as the video footage came to our attention, and arrested from as far as Kole District, enroute to his home District in Alebtong.”
He is being charged with scandalous behaviour, which attracts a dismissal, disobedience of lawful orders and acting negligently in a manner likely to spread the virus.