Walter Mumbere, a son to Wandegeya Police Station officer arrested after the latter was found dressed in his father’s police uniform.
Wandegeya Police Station has detained Inspector of Police, Luben Ngasaki, a police officer attached to Wandegeya Police Station, and his son, Walter Mumbere after the latter was found dressed in his father’s police uniform.
Last week, social media was filled with incidents of a man who was fully dressed in an army attire seated freely interacting with members of the opposition while at the National Unity Platform (NUP) offices.
The man was also heard screaming the ‘People Power Our Power Slogan’ something that raised questions why a serving officer would engage in partisan politics yet it is against the law.
In response to the incident, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) however insisted that the above man did not belong to them.
According to the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, a picture of an unidentified person dressed in a UPDF attire with an unclear name tag and covered shoulder lapels and with a people power beret and mask was posted on social media to cheaply and desperately portray some members of the force as partisan.
However, in the wake of allegations, police have now come out to clear the air about the incident.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the incident happened on Sunday at around 2100 hours in Wandegeya Police Station where one civilian identified as Mumbere picked his father’s attire while he was away and wore it.
Mr Onyango explains that Mumbere was drunk and moved out while making uncoordinated statements, which raised suspicion that he wasn’t a police officer.
He was arrested and taken to the station where it was established that he wasn’t a police officer.
‘’This incident happened on 23/8/2020 at around 2100 hours in Wandegeya Police Station. Mumbere, a civilian, picked the uniform in the police barracks while his father was away from home and wore it. Mumbere, who was drunk, moved out while making uncoordinated statements, which raised suspicion that he wasn’t a police officer. He was arrested and taken to the station where it was established that he wasn’t a police officer,’’ Onyango’s said.
He added that cases for both the suspects have been forwarded to court with Mumbere being charged for having government stores while his father is charged with gross neglect of duty for failing to protect government stores.
‘’Both suspects are detained at Wandegeya Police Station pending court. Mumbere has been charged with having government stores and his father Inspector of Police Ngasaki has been charged with neglect of duty since he failed to protect government stores.
IP Ngasaki is likely to appear in our disciplinary court while the son will appear in criminal court.’’ Onyango added before advising all police officers to guard jealously their instruments of power given to them.
‘’We want to advise all police officers to guard jealously all the police kits and equipment in their possession and not allow their relatives and children to play with them.’’