News | The Northern Link UG | Four Pakwach District Police Officers Found Guilty of Corruption. They include Assistant Inspector of Police Charles Kerfua, Assistant Superintendent of Police Frank Muzoora, Assistant Superintendent of Police-Charles Ndyabangutse, and Assistant Superintendent of Police-ASP Pontiano Agaba.
The four together with the Officer in Charge of Traffic Innocent Mafabi were reportedly given a sum of 675 million Shillings to pay 162 Special Police Constables for manning the February 2021 general elections. But each Special Police Constable was paid 370,000 Shillings instead of 375,000 Shillings, which had been budgeted for.
They first appeared on October 5, to answer the charges but they all pleaded not guilty, prompting the Police Disciplinary Court in Arua to constitute a defense hearing on Friday night in which the officers were found guilty of corruption.
The Regional Disciplinary Court comprised five members; Gasper Obingu-Onzi, the Regional Staff Officer, Inspector of Police David Obiga, Dr. Charles Madrama, SP Patel Akai’s, the Regional Crime Intelligence Officer West Nile, and Superintendent of Police Hudson Ocen.
Muzoora, the former District Police Commander of Pakwach who has been on suspension since February this year has been severely reprimanded, meaning should he commit any other crime, he will be dismissed with disgrace from the Police Force.
Detective Charles Ndyabangutse, who was the DistrictCID Officer before his transfer to the CCTV Centre in Kampala, and ASP Pontiano Agaba, the then OC Station who was thereafter transferred to Buvuma Island were fined a penalty of 200,000 each to be paid to Uganda Police, while Detective Charles Kerfua, the OC-Crime Intelligence was sentenced to a fine of 120,000 Shillings.
Gasper Obingu-Onzi, the Regional Staff Officer also the chairperson of the Disciplinary Court said the file has been forwarded to the Legal Team of Police at the Headquarters.
“I’m not privy to tell you the details but as soon as we concluded the case yesterday night, the team compiled the details and I have sent them to Police Legal Team for final decision and implementation,” he said in an interview on Saturday.
Francis Otim, the acting head of the Professional Standards Unit in the West Nile region, told journalists after the sentencing that the officers will be re-instated to the Uganda Police Force upon fulfilling the conditions of the sentence. However, he adds, that the four officers are at liberty to appeal against the verdict within two weeks.
Last year, the Professional Standards Unit in the West Nile region registered two cases of corrupt practice by Police officers in the region. It recovered over 300,000 from an Officer only identified as Omony after using someone’s ATM card and secretly withdrawing his money from a bank in Arua town.