Crime rates in Bundibugyo district continue to rise because politicians interfere with police work.
Charles Oriku, the Bundibugyo district police chief accuses top politicians in the district of using their political clout to rescue their friends and relatives in police custody for various criminal offences.
According to Oriku what disturbs the police is that the same politicians turn around to blame them for being corrupt.
While speaking to our reporter Oriku said crime rates in the district have more than doubled. He says criminal offenders including robbers, defilers and thieves have turned Bundibugyo district into a safe haven.
Information obtained from Police indicates that criminals from the neighbouring districts of Kasese, Kabarole and parts of the Democratic republic of Congo have sought refugee in Bundibugyo which is calm and has a hilly terrain that enables criminals hide easily.
126 criminal cases were recorded in September alone.
The Deputy Regional CID Michael Komunjara confirmed that indeed criminals ran away from Kasese and Kabarole districts after security personnel became hard on them.