The arrest of Local Council (LCI) chairpersons of Kaliiro and Gayaza villages in Kaliiro town council, Lyantonde district, has sparked off protests among residents who have demanded their immediate release.
Muhammad Kasule, the Chairman for Kaaliro II village, and Richard Kibaate of Gayaza village were picked today along with two others for openly accusing Lyantonde senior Police officers of allegedly aiding criminals and being corrupt.
Trouble for the chairmen started on Monday last week in Kaliiro sub-county during a joint meeting with residents, local leaders, and the district security committee when they openly accused senior Police officers including Robert Tulyahabwe, the District CID Officer, of their relentless involvement in the rampant crimes in the district.
According to Kasule, they have on different occasions arrested and handed to Police the suspects in capital offenses such as murder, rape, aggravated defilement, and robbery, only to find some roaming around freely. Kasule explains that the criminals are released back into the public which puts the residents’ and the witnesses’ lives in danger.
Kibaate attributes the rampant crimes in the district to the incompetence of the CID Department. He says that the department is full of corrupt officers. According to Kibaate, the department does not put enough effort to investigate the cases thoroughly which has left several cases unsolved.
The accusations did not please the Police officers who have also counter-accused the LCs of working with criminals in their communities. However, the CID boss Tulyahabwe refused to speak about the arrest of the two local leaders.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police Spokesperson, says they arrested Kasule and Kibaate and others on allegations that they connive with criminals who distabilised communities.
Christine Namuleme, a resident of Kaliiro, says that Police arrested the two chairmen to cover up what they had earlier said during a security meeting. She appealed to the new Lyantonde RDC Godfrey Mbetegyerize to intervene in the matter urgently.