Detective Constable Ibanda Stanley of Old Kampala Divisional Police Headquarters has been commended by the IGP for refusing a one million shilling bribe.
The Inspector-General of Police has praised Detective Constable Ibanda Stanley, attached to Old Kampala Divisional Police Headquarters, for rejecting a 1 million shilling bribe.
The officer was offered 1 million shilling by Asiimwe Olivia in an attempt to bribe him to forego an investigation and potential prosecution of her brother Akanyijuka Ivan, who had been arrested with two of his accomplices, Kavuma Barnabas and Kato Ivan, for robbery.
According to Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, the trio is one of the criminal gangs behind the mugging and robbery of pedestrians.
Enanga raised that on 11.03.2022 at around 11:45 pm, while armed with knives, they attacked and stabbed one Muganga Musa, a Chapati maker and robbed him of his money totalling 60,000/=.
The victim made an alarm which attracted the attention of police officers on patrol, who pursued the suspects and arrested them. It is during the course of investigations, that Asiimwe Olivia, a sister to Akanyijuka Ivan, raised one million shillings to bribe the investigating officer.
Enanga said instead of secretly taking the bribe, the investigating officer, decided to turn to his supervisor ASP Omar Karim, an action that led to the arrest of the suspect.
“The act of the two officers is representative of the outstanding work of the UPF, in close coordination with other agencies to promote transparency, integrity and professionalism, by our officers who are at the front line,” he said.
In addition, he noted that the IGP together with the vast majority of officers are happy that such an incident was brought to light. He said it is a sign that many officers are committed and dedicated to performing their duties amidst all temptations.
He, however, issued a warning to the general public to desist from being trapped into bribing officers saying that there are consequences for caught suspects including summoning them in courts if law.
“It is an offence that is punishable by law. Every time you attempt to bribe an officer who has a duty to protect and serve, you tarnish his badge, which cannot be tolerated. The three suspects of Aggravated Robbery, were charged at Mwanga II court and remanded.”
“The arrest, therefore, demonstrates our commitment and resolve to fight and stamp our corrupt tendencies in the force. The suspect Asiimwe Olivia is pending court,” he added.