The police disciplinary court has secretly charged 10 police officers arrested in connection to the kidnap and murder of social worker, Maria Nagirinya.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the arrest of the police officers who did not act after being alerted by relatives about Nagirinya’s kidnap on August 28. Thereafter, the police’s professional standards unit (PSU) arrested three assistant superintendents of police and seven police constables.
Museveni’s order came after Nagirinya’s father Francis Lubowa and her uncle Dr Ben Mukwaya blamed police for being complacent when they informed them of how their daughter had been kidnapped alongside her part-time driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa.
Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa were kidnapped outside her home gate in Lungujja, Rubaga Division, in Kampala at around 11:40 pm. Relatives rushed to Katwe, Natete and Old Kampala police stations where they were tossed up and about until the victim’s Spacio vehicle number UBA 570V was no longer visible on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras. Nagirinya and Katayimbwa’s bodies were later discovered dumped in Mukono.
Police court chairperson, Dennis Odongpiny, hesitantly confirmed to URN that the officers have been charged and would return tomorrow.
“They appeared yesterday and they will return tomorrow [Wednesday],” said Odongpiny.
He referred URN to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga for details. But the Police spokesperson has not responded to our inquiries. Five days ago, URN reported how police director for Legal, Erasmus Twaruhukwa had submitted the case file to the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to decide on whether the arrested police officers were to be charged in criminal or disciplinary courts.
The DPP advised the police force to have the accused officers tried at a disciplinary level where they could receive lenient sentences upon conviction. If found guilty at the police court, they can be given severe reprimand, demoted, suspended or part of their salary withheld for a specified period.
Nagirinya was a project manager at Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI). Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and police have so far arrested six prime suspects who have been charged in courts.