Jinja, Uganda | URN | Four police officers accused of recording two love birds at Kakira along Jinja highway having sex in their vehicle and posting the video on social media have been apprehended.
Police Spokesperson Mr Fred Enanga said the suspects are charged with discreditable conduct to the police force.
He said the officers whose case is being handled by the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) could have opened a case file of being a public nuisance against the couple instead of filming them and making fun of the entire scenario.
According to Mr Enanga, the suspects worsened everything when they went ahead and shared the video of the couple on social media, which has since gone viral discrediting the image of Uganda Police Force.
In the video, the officers are heard forcing the couple that had hurriedly dressed up to undress as they filmed them. The officers also interrogated the woman who said she was in her 40s and mother of four while the man claimed he was 20 years old.
The officers castigated him for falling in love with an old woman. According to Mr Enanga, the officers could have used the clip as evidence for prosecution instead of sharing it on social media.
“They have been charged with discreditable conduct. They should have arrested these people and charged them for being public nuisance, instead they went ahead to record them half-naked and shared the video on social media. That was on September 7, 2019,” Mr Enanga said.
The suspects are all attached to Field Force Unit (FFU) in Jinja and will be transported to Kampala to face charges of discreditable conduct in Police Disciplinary Court chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Dennis Odongpiny.
Police said the couple was right to be angry and demand for police action against its officers because it was inappropriate. Mr Enanga cautioned police officers to always conduct themselves in a manner that does not discredit the police force while executing their duties.
Upon conviction, the quartet could be given severe reprimand which is accompanied with withholding half of their monthly salary for one to three months; they could be suspended or even be expelled from the police force.
Uganda Police Force full statement following the arrest of the four officers
The Territorial Police in Kiira Region in close coordination with the Zonal Field Force Unit, has charged 4 Field Force Officers with discreditable conduct, after they recorded a man and woman, who was making love in a car, shared their video, while they were half naked. This occurred on the 7/09/2019 near Kakira main gate and were supposed to be arrested for being public nuisance.
On investigation, the video which went viral was traced to officers of the Integrated Highway Patrol in Kakira, who recorded the suspects turned victims on video and shared the video using one of their phones. These include; CPL Magala Mathew, PC Ssemakula Musa, PC Ndyanabo Yonasan, and PC Mayenge Joel.
It is a serious matter when you get suspects then place them in a vulnerable position and take advantage of their situation. The behavior of the officers was unethical and immoral.
As an organization, we expect the highest level of integrity and moral strength from everyone in the integrated highway patrol and the force at large. We would like to reiterate that there is no place in our institution for individuals who choose to manipulate the law, force discipline and policy for their selfish interests. We call upon all officers to desist from such behavior and continue using recordings of crime incidents strictly for evidentiary purposes.
CP Enanga Fred
16th Sept 2019