By Fred Kiva
Police have disputed reports that they are holding Kampala South Regional Police Commander Siraje Bakaleke. This follows media reports that Bakaleke has been arrested in connection with the robbery of about 1.4billion shillings from Korean investors at Gunpoint.
Police Spokesperson Emillian Kayima says the story is false and amounts to fake news.
“Please discard the rumor of the alleged arrest and detention of ACP Bakaleke, Regional Police Commander KMP South by PSU. It’s false and amounts to fake news. The officer is at his place of work going about his duties in the region,” Kayima said in a short message.
Kayima however, revealed that there is an investigation involving foreign nationals and the conduct of some police officers.
“Yes there is an investigation involving foreign nationals and the conduct of some of our officers,” he said, but declined to name the officers involved and the case being investigated.
“Details will be given when their time comes. We have to protect this investigation without any over ups,” Kayima added.
Although the police deny Bakaleke’s arrest, it was reported in some sections of the media that on February 5, 2018, Bakaleke connived with a city lawyer only identified as Wanyoto to rob 400,000dollars (about 1.4billion shillings) from three Korean investors who were in Uganda on a business trip.
Two of the Korean investors have been identified as Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un.
This comes barely two weeks after two foreign investors from Sweden and Finland mysteriously died in their Hotel rooms in Kampala. Police say they are waiting for postmortem reports as investigations into the duo’s cause of death continues.
Last year, about six police officers including senior officers were arrested by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for their role in the illegal repatriation of refugees and engaging in armed robbery. The officers who among others included former Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) Commandant Joel Aguma and Nixon Agasirwe, the former special police operations Unit commander are still on trial in the military court martial.
At the burial of fallen police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March last year, President Yoweri Museveni said the Uganda Police Force had been infiltrated by criminals. He tasked the Inspector General of Police to do a cleanup of the Force.
Arrests of several police officers including the top brass have since proved the President’s assertion that indeed the Force has been infiltrated by criminals.