Report ranks Uganda police as most corrupt

IGP Kale Kayihura has instituted a team to study corruption reports ranking Uganda Police Force as leading in bribery [Daily Monitor cartoon]

Uganda Bureau of Statistic (UBOS) in its new report ranked Uganda Police Force as the most corrupt government institution.

In its National Service Delivery Survey of 2015, UBOS interviewed 10,101 Ugandans, 75 per cent of whom pinned police on bribery, fraud and extortion.

The report released on Tuesday says suggested strengthening enforcement of laws on corruption to curb the crime highly perpetrated by police.

In December 2015, police was ranked as the most corrupt institution in a survey that was conducted by The Afrobarometer in conjunction with Transparency International.

In 2012, police was named the most corrupt institution in the country in an annual corruption report by the inspectorate of government in collaboration with the Economic Policy Research Center of Makerere University.

Car thefts with CMI

Meanwhile, another 12-month report on the recent wave of car robberies in the country is being blamed on Police Flying Squad and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence [CMI].

Most officers implicated in the car robberies are from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Police Special Operations Unit (SOU), according to the report.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Herbert Muhangi commands the Flying Squad, the police’s violent crime crack unit.

SOU, formed two years ago to handle special assignments from police chief Kale Kayihura, is commanded by Senior Superintendent of Police Nixon Asingwire.

Officers under these police units have been arrested or directly linked to the theft of several cars in and outside Kampala for the past one year.

Muhangi told Observer more than 80 cars have been reclaimed by their rightful owners and 10 are still unclaimed and are still parked at Central Police Station in Kampala.

More than 60 suspects including security officers have been arrested and taken to court including senior officers.

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