- Shs 5 million so far recovered from policemen in extortion
- More suspects and complainants paid hefty amounts
- 105 cases of corruption, indiscipline and abuse of human rights recorded last year
- Policemen extort money either to kill investigations or for as transport to facilitate case
Arua. The Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) has recovered Shs 5 million after the errant policemen extorted the money from suspects and complainants.
Many of the cases of the extortion were in form of bribery to kill cases, hiding of files and duping the suspects to kill investigations. Speaking at his office on Tuesday, the Head of the PSU in the region, Evans Vuata, said 105 cases of corruption, indiscipline, abuse of human rights were recorded last year.
“After we recovered the money, some of the policemen had to apologize to the people from whom they extorted the money. The public should provide us with evidence against wrongful acts of policemen. We warn the policemen to avoid torturing and asking for money from complainants and suspects,” he said.
The cases of police unprofessionalism remains on a top radar for the PSU who face challenges of tampering with evidence and non-cooperation from the implicated officers as they do not help in appearing before the PSU.
In October last year, the Uganda Human Rights Commissioner, Justice Meddie Mulumba awarded over Shs 25 million to people who were tortured by policemen across the region. And on December 12, the commission also awarded Shs 12 million to people who were detained for more than the stipulated 48 hours.
Mulumba warned that policemen would be held liable for their actions where their salaries would be deducted or some dismissed once they continue torturing suspects or complainants.
According to the statistics, 26 cases of policemen are pending investigations, 27 facing disciplinary and administrative actions, 24 cases solved, 21 cases closed and seven referred to police headquarters. The figures, Vuata said was still high.
- In 2009 police recorded 84 cases of indiscipline and corruption in Arua only.
- In 2010, there were 73 cases
- In 2011, 71 cases.
- In 2012, 68 cases.
- In 2013 had 33 cases.