Masaka Traffic Boss Back On Duty After Suspension

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Ogwal Khasule, the Greater Masaka Region Traffic Officer, has resumed work after two months of suspension over alleged corruption. In October this year, Maxwell Ogwal, the Regional Police Commander suspended Khasule from office after a group of drivers accused him soliciting bribes from them.

 Ogwal Khasule, the Greater Masaka Region Traffic Officer, has resumed work after two months of suspension over alleged corruption.
  
In October this year, Maxwell Ogwal, the Regional Police Commander suspended Khasule from office after a group of drivers accused him of corruption. The drivers led by Pax Kalema petitioned RPC Ogwal accusing Khasule of impounding taxis along Masaka-Bukoba Highway, Masaka-Mbarara highway and other routes and getting money from them.
  
Kalema claimed that drivers who refuse to give Khasule money are always arrested and their vehicles impounded. He identified one of the drivers as Vincent Kaweesi, who was allegedly arrested and detained for four days after he allegedly insisted on getting a receipt for the money.
 
As result, RPC Ogwal suspended Khasule from office and launched investigations against him.
 
Dr. Steven Kasiima, the Traffic Police Commissioner, lifted Khasule’s suspension and ordered him back to work.  Dr. Kasiima says preliminary investigations found the corruption allegations against him baseless.
 
Kasiima however says although he has listed the suspension, the investigations shall continue.
 
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Khasule says he was shocked by the allegations against him. He tells Uganda Radio Network that the drivers simply ganged up against him after he launched operations against excess loading and driving cars under dangerous mechanical condition. He insists that all drivers arrested for committing traffic offences are issued with receipts at Masaka central police station, Kalisizo central police station, Kyotera police station and other nearby police posts. He challenges all those drivers to present evidence pinning him for corruption.
 
Since last week, Police have intensified operations against drivers along all routes. On Wednesday, at least ten cars were impounded along Elgin Street in Masaka town for traffic related offences. Noah Sserunjoji, the Greater Masaka Region Police spokesperson, says the impounded cars mostly commuter taxis along Masaka-Nyendo, Masaka-Kyotera, Masaka-Sembabule roads, were in poor mechanic condition. He also says some of the drivers did not have driving permits.
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.