By Fred Kiva
Outgoing Kampala South Regional Police Commander, Siraje Bakaleke and his accomplices face three criminal charges for their involvement in the robbery of two South Korean investors at gunpoint.
Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima says Bakaleke and his juniors face criminal charges of extortion, illegal detention and deportation of two Korean investors.
The Police Spokesperson adds that two case files have been opened up, with one at the Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) to investigate the unprofessional conduct of the officers and the criminal case file for CID to investigate the three criminal charges.
Bakaleke, one of former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura’s blue eyed boys was moved to the Police Political Commissariat in Kayihura’s last changes in the Police top command.
“The investigation is still on, we have interrogated all the officers involved and we have statements from the Koreans,” Kayima said, adding that Bakeleke’s co-accused who have been in detention since February were given bond, awaiting sanctioning of the charges by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The Police Spokesperson was at the weekly police press conference on Monday responding to reports that the new Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochora had ordered fresh investigations against Bakeleke.
“There is nothing like fresh investigation, the case continues,” Kayima said.
Bakaleke’s co-accused include Isaac Munezero, the Officer in charge Crime Intelligence Katwe police station, George Kayongo, Kenneth Zirintuusa and Patrick Ochen. The officers are accused of colluding to rob the two Korean investors of 400,000 Us Dollars, an equivalent of Shs1.4billion.
The two investors; Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un were in Uganda to purchase gold when they were reportedly surrounded by security operatives at Acacia Mall and ordered to surrender the money on gunpoint.
Meanwhile Kayima declined to comment on whether Bakaleke’s new posting stays despite the charges. Bakaleke is among a number of high ranking police personnel implicated in numerous criminal charges.
Last year former PSU Commandant Joel Aguma and Nixon Agasirwe of former head of the police Special Operations Unit and other junior officers were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence over their alleged role in illegal deportation of refugees and engaging in armed robbery.
General Kale Kayihura’s 12-year reign as Inspector General of Police was brought to an end at the beginning of March when the President replaced him with his deputy Martin Okoth Ochora. Increased criminality in the police force has been the major highlight of Kayihura’s time as Inspector General of Police.
Just recently, President Museveni said that the police had been infested by kawuukumi or bean weevils.