Kigezi Region CID Boss Suspended for Misconduct

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Kabuye acted as the Scene of Crime Officer having visited the scene of crime in his house, recorded statements from more than five suspects including Kihagaras former husband and dictated at all stages of the investigations.

Kigezi Regional Criminal Investigations Commander Suleiman Kabuye has been suspended from duty referred to the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) for interfering with ongoing investigations into the alleged murder of his wife Joan Kihagara.

Joan Kihagara died on January 24 2016 in the wee hours of the night at their home in Makanga, a Suburb of Kabale District. She was allegedly poisoned to death even though there is no postmortem report to confirm or dismiss the allegations.

Kabuye's suspension follows complaints to police management by fellow officers that he was interfering with ongoing investigations into the matter. 

Kabuye had allegedly taken over investigations into the murder of his wife contrary to the standards of Uganda Police Force.

The Criminal Investigations guidelines of police require that a case shall be investigated under the immediate supervision of the District CID officer.

However in the above investigations, Kabuye acted as the Scene of Crime Officer having visited the scene of crime in his house, recorded statements from more than five suspects including Kihagara's former husband and dictated at all stages of the investigations.

Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye says this tantamount to abuse of office and misconduct. She adds that the suspended officer was supposed to declare conflict of interest into the murder case.

Namaye adds that "The professional standards are such that the case is investigated by the Officer in charge CID in the area of jurisdiction in this case the Kabale District and the Regional commander can come in to advice where necessary."

The case file has been returned to the district by the Director CID Grace Akullo for review and investigations.
 
 
 

 

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