Three Cops Detained For Aiding Suspects to Escape

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In short
Three police officers attached to Luweero Central Police station have been arrested for allegedly aiding suspects to escape and neglect of duty.

Luweero Police station is holding three of its own officers, for aiding suspects to escape from detention. The suspects are Samuel Mukudde, Innocent Rajul and Peter Kakooza. Trouble for the cops stems from the escape of four suspects from the cells of Luweero police station on Wednesday evening.

Kevin Musisi, Musa Ssekagya were arrested for burglary, while Eriya Lukwago and Dusman Kalagama were accused of defilement and theft. Samuel Bamuzibire, Luweero District Police Commander says that the suspects fled their cells under mysterious circumstances adding that they found the padlocks used to close the cells dumped at the entrance.  He says that the three cops who were duty were tasked to explain how the suspects opened the padlock in vain.

//Cue in; when we tried…………………………

// Cue out; ………………..neglect of duty’’

Bamuzibire says that they have decided to mount an operation to apprehend the suspects to fresh charges of escaping from lawful custody in addition to their previous charges.  However, residents of the area fault police for detaining the suspects for longer periods without charging them in court.

 James Ssewanyana, a resident of the area says some suspects are always detained for as long as two weeks instead of being presented to court with the 48 hours period prescribed by law. Bamuzibire admits holding some suspects beyond the mandatory 48 hours saying that sometimes there issues beyond their control that lead to the delay.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.