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Probe recruitment and award of ranks in police – DP

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The Democratic Party (DP) has said government should set up a probe committee to investigate the recruitment and rank awarding procedures for police officers.

Fred Mwesigwa, the DP Deputy Publicity Secretary said the development would help weed out wrong elements in the police force who, he said, connive with gangs like ‘Kifeesi’ to terrorise Ugandans.

“We don’t hate police, instead we condemn their evil acts such as robbery, conning of investors, hiring of guns to wrong doers. I hear Siraj Bakaleke hired a gun to the so called Brian White which he used to shoot one Victor Bitwire at his home in Buziga,” Mwesigwa said.

He also urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to speak out about the five police officers including the Regional Police Commander for Kampala South Siraj Bakaleke, who were arrested in connection to the alleged robbery of over Shs1.4 billion from Korean investors.

Last week Bakaleke was forced out of office, while police officers Isaac Munezero, the Officer in charge Crime Intelligence Katwe Police Station; George Kayongo, Kenneth Zirintuusa and Patrick Ochen were arrested to Nalufenya where they are detained.

Sources told this website that the South Koreans identified as Park Seunghoon and Hang Shingu were scheduled to meet some ‘gold dealers’ at Acacia Mall in Kampala through their lawyer only identified as Wanyoto. However, it is said the two were surrounded by ‘security operatives’, put on gun point and asked to hand over the money they had.

Meanwhile, the DP has threatened to withdraw its membership form Inter Party Organization on Dialogue (IPod) saying other parties including National Resistance Movement (NRM) have not worked towards the growth of democracy.

According to Mwesigwa, despite the introduction of multiparty politics, government has not allowed its competitors to fully enjoy their political rights.

Currently, it is NRM holding the leadership of IPoD but the DP says it is ready to quit because the ruling party failed to engage them over age limit removal bill that was signed into law.


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