VIDEO: Police officers detained for selling exhibits


KAMPALA. Police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU) has arrested five police officers under the Flying Squad Unit (FSU) for selling coffee exhibits at Shs2 million.
The police spokesperson, Mr Asan Kasingye, said the five officers attached to FSU in Kasese District intercepted suspected thieves who had stolen five sacks of coffee but they conspired and sold off two of them, each at Shs1 million.
He said the officers had been assigned to investigate and recover the five coffee sacks that had been stolen from a one Francis Kule and was being hidden at one of the stores within Kasese town.
“Instead of exhibiting the coffee, the officers sold off two bags at Shs2 million. The other three bags were left behind at the store. Our PSU office received the information and immediately ordered for their arrest,” Mr Kasingye said.

Mr Kasingye said the officers would be prosecuted soon after the investigations are done. He described the officers’ act as unacceptable and tainting the police image.

Flying Squad Unit police officers perform

Flying Squad Unit police officers perform drills at Nakasongola military Cantonment in August 2016.

In September last year, Mr Ivan Musimenta, FSU operative and Mr Wilberforce Wanyama, Kawempe CID boss, were arrested for extorting Shs60 million from Mr Omar Muhammad, a fuel importer.
Mid last month, police released a statement in which 23 police officers attached to FSU were on the run after the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, ordered for their arrest on allegations of torturing suspects, theft and extortion.
PSU commandant, Mr Joel Aguma, said that all officers who had absconded from work without official leave would be penalized after 21 days.

Nearly a fortnight ago, Mr Kasingye said police was hunting for some officers who were on the run over torturing suspects in the murder of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Although Mr Kasingye did not mention the number of officers who were wanted over torturing Kaweesi suspects, sources said five FSU officers and four others from Special Operations Unit (SOU) were being hunted on IGP’s directive.
Over 2,000 police officers have been investigated by PSU over involvement in crimes like murder, bribery, extortion, theft and connivance with criminals in the last 10 years.

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