KAMPALA. The Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) have investigated 2,000 police officers for various crimes committed in breach of the professional standards in the last 10 years.
PSU was established in 2007, to among others, investigate the misconduct of police officers in execution of their duty.
While addressing the media on Monday, Mr Asan Kasingye, the police spokesperson, and Mr Fortunate Habyara, the PSU commandant, said they have so far received 22,465 complaints from members of the public querying police misconduct in the last 10 years.
Mr Habyara said PSU have conclusively investigated and disposed of 21,315 complaints while 1,150 cases are still under investigation.
Police said the public outcries resulted into the investigation of 1,946 police officers of which 431 cases have been referred to criminal courts. About 84 police officers have been convicted under criminal courts.
“The 202 police officers are still appearing before criminal courts whereas 144 police officers have been acquitted,” Mr Habyara said.
Also 1,515 police officers were investigated and recommended for disciplinary action, 915 of which appeared before police disciplinary tribunal “where 407 were convicted, 318 acquitted whereas 190 are still on-going in the disciplinary court”.
Defending the report, Mr Kasingye explained that the statistics were released to send a message to the public that police denounce wrongdoing and has been taking action against its errant officers. This comes barely two weeks after President Museveni directed the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, to clean up the police institution, which he said had been infiltrated by criminals.
Mr Museveni gave the directive while eulogising slain police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi at his Kulambiro home. Kaweesi was gunned down alongside his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewo at Kulambiro on March 17.
“You heard the President asking the IGP [Kayihura] to take action on errant officers. This is to show that police had been taking action on misbehaved officers,” Mr Kasingye said.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Stephen Mugarura, in 2015 wrote a dossier to IGP Kayihura in which he accused senior police officers of abetting crime.
Gen Kayihura and former police spokespersons Fred Enanga and slain Kaweesi denied receiving a copy of Mugarura’s report.
Mr Mugarura, who was arrested last week, often accused his seniors of witch-hunting him due to the report he had made against them.
Asked whether Mr Mugarura was arrested following his dossier to the media, Mr Habyara said the officer was arrested over tampering with exhibits when he served as CID boss in Fort portal.
Among the other senior officers who have been tried both in criminal and police disciplinary courts include Joram Mwesigye, former Old Kampala Division police commander, who was convicted for beating up a WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga.
Mr Wilberforce Wanyama, former Kawempe Police Station CID boss, is being tried in disciplinary court for alleged fraud.
Mr Charles Opiko, a superintendent of police, suspected to have been involved in the killing of Joseph Ochodu, who was the LCI chairperson of Kichaboi village in Bukedea District over a land wrangle, is being tried in the Soroti High Court.
Three police superintendents Andrew Kaggwa, Patrick Muhumuza and Moses Nanoka and five constables were in February convicted by the police disciplinary tribunal for clobbering supporters of Dr Kizza Besigye in July last year.