Detective Held over 2 Million shillings Bribe

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Francis Olugo, the deputy commandant of the Special Investigations Unit says they received a tip that Mugume was soliciting a bribe of 2 million shillings from a suspect and followed up the matter until when they caught him red handed receiving 1.2 million shillings from his victim.

Mugume Vincent, a detective attached to Kisoro Police station is in trouble for allegedly soliciting a bribe of 2 million shillings from a suspect to kill a case. Mugumu was picked up on Friday by officers from the Special Investigations Unit shortly after he received 1.2 million shillings from Winnie Senya, the speaker Kisoro Town council to kill an assault case against her, which is before Kabale Chief Magistrate. 

Senya is facing charges of assaulting Harriet Nyirantuzo, a resident of Kisoro town council. Francis Olugo, the deputy commandant of the Special Investigations Unit says they received a tip that Mugume was soliciting a bribe of 2 million shillings from a suspect and followed up the matter until when they caught him red handed receiving 1.2 million shillings from his victim. He also says the suspect had taken over the victim’s house in the process of soliciting a bribe.

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Olugo says they have waged a war against corruption in the force and advised members of the public to tip off the special investigations unit or the Professional standards unit to arrest those implicated in bribery to kill off cases. Uganda Police Force has repeatedly ranked among the top most corrupt institutions in the country. 

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Winnie Senya, the victim of extortion told URN that the cop has been threatening her with life imprisonment unless she parted with the 2 million shillings bribe. Senya says initially the cops demanded for three million shillings and settled for two following negotiations. By the time of filing this story the suspect was being held at Kigezi Regional Police Headquarters waiting to be transferred to the Special Investigations Unit headquarters in Kireka, Kampala.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.