Four police chiefs from Wamala region (Greater Mubende) have been arrested and accused of conspiring with tycoon Abid Alam to mismanage case files.
The arrest came a day after the State House Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) apprehended Alam, the proprietor of ALAM Group of Companies, for allegedly meting out torture and violence on the residents of Bukompe village, Nalutuntu sub-county in Kassada district. The residents of Bukompe have for long been protesting Alam’s move to construct access roads across a disputed land.
The affected people were originally evicted from Luwunga forest reserve in Kiboga district.
With the intervention of the Government, they allegedly acquired land in Bukompe. But the same land is claimed by Alam.
A few days ago, armed people suspected to be working on the instructions of Alam, destroyed property, gang-raped a woman and stole animals which attracted a response from State House.Alam was granted police bond shortly after he recorded a statement.
The detained officers were identified as Wilber Ostin Wanyama, the regional CID officer Wamala, Daniel Owellano, the district police commander (DPC) Kasanda, OC CID Kasanda Peter Beitera and CID records Wamala Sgt.Azale.
The officers, who were paraded before journalists at the offices of the ACU at the President’s Office in Kampala on Saturday, face several charges which include professional misconduct, conspiracy, negligent of duty and abuse of office.The arrest of the officers was ordered by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) following complaints from residents to the ACU that the officers were working with their tormentor Alam to frustrate their efforts to obtain justice.
“I consulted with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) who immediately ordered for the arrest of the errant officers,” the head of ACU, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, said after she ordered the officers to be paraded.