Man masquerading as cop scams motorists during curfew

By Andrew Bagala

Luck fell on a civilian, who allegedly impersonated the police to impound motor vehicles and extort money from members of the public, after arresting police and military personnel in connection with his illegal curfew operations.

Mr Allan Mukisa, a resident of Busega, was charged with identity theft and obtaining money under false pretense in Mwanga II court before being returned to Kitalya prison last week.

Mr. Mukisa denied the charges. Residents of Busega and Nateete townships recently complained about an undercover policeman making arrests and accepting bribes, prompting the head of the Nateete police station, the deputy commissioner of Hassan Ssekalema police, to order an investigation.

According to the police report, while ASP police officer Juma Mustafa and military officer Darius Kanyesigye were shopping for personal groceries, the accused arrested them for an unclear offense in Busega township.

The suspect allegedly identified himself as a police officer in Busega. This prompted ASP Mustafa, who was in charge of the Busega police station, to arrest him; he was not one of the officers under his jurisdiction.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire said officers discovered the suspect had impounded several motorists for traffic violations.

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The suspect was taken to Nateete police station. At the police station, the suspect insisted he was a police officer and was released on bail.

Investigations, however, later revealed that Mukisa was not a police officer, which led to his re-arrest.

“The public prosecutor sanctioned the case. We took him to court where he was remanded in custody. We must strongly condemn these people, who spoil the image of the police when they act as law enforcement agents when they are not, ”said ASP Owoyesigyire.


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