Kabale cop who starved suspects, arrested


Orest Muhire, a Police officer in charge of Rubaya Police Post in Kabale district has been arrested over alleged misconduct and assault.

His arrest comes days after residents accused him of starving suspects arrested last week on suspicion of aiding theft of money from a shop owned by one Christopher Kyomuhendo.

Kyomuhendo blamed the five suspects of failing to stop his son, who would steal money and buy goods from the shops.

This accusation prompted the arrest of Paison Mutesa, Cephas Ainebyoona, Denis Arinaitwe, Jovan Kabarinda and Christopher Katureebe.

The five suspects were kept in police cells for three days without food.

Their relatives, who attempted to question the act, were assaulted.

The relative’s later accused the officers, under the command of Orest Muhire, of venting anger on the relatives who endeavored to deliver food to the suspects.

They add that all attempts to secure Police bond for the suspects failed when the officers claimed that the suspects were not entitled to bond.

Living Owamani, one of those who were allegedly assaulted says he was slapped thrice by the O/C station Orest Muhire.

He reported a case of assault against the officer at Kabale Central Police station.

This was followed by a complaint lodged by Bosco Ndyahisahe, the LCII Chairperson for Mugandu Parish to the Professional Standards Unit of Police for intervention.

The complaints have now manifested into Muhire’s arrest. He is detained at Kabale Police Post.

Stephen Wako, the head of the Professional Standards Unit of Police in the Kigezi Region, says that the officer is charged with misconduct and as assault.

He says that the Professional Standards Unit of Police is conducting thorough investigations into the matter before they submit his file to the office of the State Attorney for legal guidance.

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