Anti-Corruption Fight: ULGA Concerned the Way Implicated Officials Are Arrested

The Uganda Local Government Association-ULGA, President Richard Rwabuhinga Abooki, has expressed concern about the manner, in which district officials accused of corruption are arrested by the different anti-corruption agencies.   

Rwabuhinga, who doubles as Kabarole District LC V Chairperson, says the arrest of the implicated officials should be dignified since they only suspect and need to be treated with respect and dignity. He wants the responsible state agencies to first conduct investigations before the arrests are done.

He, however, says that his concerns shouldn’t mean that as local government leaders they support corruption. Rwabuhinga’s remarks come against the backdrop of the investigations against police detectives attached to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit– SHACU who were filmed torturing the Butebo district Finance officer, Simon Mutekanga Kowa about two months ago during the arrest.

The visibly charged State House officials flogged Mutekanga several times and left his clothes in tatters before he was bundled into a waiting double-cabin pick-up truck. Mutekanga had been accused of allegedly mismanaging up to 1 billionShillings that was meant for various activities in the district. 

However, the SHACU officials defended their actions, saying that Mutekaga misbehaved and jumped off the vehicle and took off, which resulted in a forceful re-arrest. In its latest report issued in June 2021, the Uganda Human Rights Commission named the police and UPDF as the biggest violators of human rights in the country.               

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