Nakaseke police are holding Allan Atwiine, 33, for allegedly posing as a police officer to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public. Atwiine, a resident of Busabala zone in Makindye Division, Kampala City, was arrested on charges of impersonation.
Sam Twiineamazima, the acting Savannah Regional Police spokesperson, says that the incident occurred on Friday, September 1, 2023, around 3:30 PM at the Semuto traffic checkpoint in Kikondo zone, Nakaseke District.
The preliminary investigations suggest that Atwiine arrived at the checkpoint and assumed the identity of a Superintendent of police attached to Katwe Division in Kampala Metropolitan. However, the vigilant officers manning the checkpoint grew suspicious and subjected Atwiine to intense questioning.
Atwiine eventually admitted to the deceit and recanted his claim of being a police officer. He was apprehended, and a case of impersonation was formally registered against him. When queried about the motive behind his actions, Twiineamazima elaborated that Atwiine had a history of posing as an imposter.
In response to a text message from Uganda Radio Network (URN), Twiineamazima stated, “Ever like that, this is not the first time, he is a thief.” This incident follows another similar case last month, where Herman Nuwagaba was detained by Kiira region police for impersonating a crime intelligence operative and the Jinja City Resident State Attorney.
Under various aliases, Nuwagaba exploited the trust of individuals by offering assistance in securing the release of their relatives, purportedly detained for criminal activities, in exchange for monetary compensation. He further deceived police detectives by falsely presenting himself as a special operative affiliated with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), collecting sensitive information under the guise of collaborating on criminal investigations.
James Mubi, the Kiira Regional Police spokesperson, confirmed Nuwagaba’s detainment in Kirinya Prisons on charges of impersonation and obtaining money under false pretenses.
By Bernard Bakulu