Three KCCA Enforcement Officers, Nine Civilians Held for Extortion
Written by Sirusziki ZIKI on May 13, 2022
Twelve people have been detained at the Central Police station-CPS in Kampala on charges of extortion and impersonation.
The suspects were arrested during an operation that followed complaints about people who were masquerading as security personnel to impound motorcycles and later extort money from their owners. The group was mainly operating from the areas surrounding the clock tower in the Kampala Central Business District.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire says that the arrested persons include three Law Enforcement Officers attached to Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and nine civilians. During the operation, police also recovered a collection of chains that were used by the group to lock impounded motorcycles.
“…The public should take note that only officers in uniform should stop and impound your motorcycle. In case you are affected by such a situation, report the matter to the DPC, Central Police Station or Officer in charge of traffic, Owoyesigyire said.
But Sula Lubega, the chairman of Rubaga Division Bodaboda Operators says that many riders have fallen victim to such impersonators on the roads. He however hastens to add that sometimes, security personnel are part of the antics and have let such groups operate without control in several parts of the city.
Frank Mawenje, a boda-boda rider at the Wandegeya stage explains that the same group has camps along Namirembe road, the Old Taxi Park next to Mini-Price and Luwum Street next to Mutasa-Kafeero Plaza. He says hundreds of bodaboda riders have been robbed from the areas, and that they had turned the city centre into a no-go zone for bodaboda riders.
Owoyesigyire said the police are investigating allegations that some police officers were conniving with the extortionists.