By Kyamanduma Patrick
The Local leadership in Bwesumbu Sub County in Kasese district has decried the manner in which police is handling residents in the area.
Addressing residents of Bwesumbu Sub County during community policing held at Kagando SDA church, the area chairperson LC3 Mr. Bagenda Samson disclosed that police officers deployed in the sub-county have started extorting money from residents on addition to selling of their coffee.
“These police deployment is becoming a threat to development in the area, the asking money from residents and also selling their coffee, with nervousness of the civilians they fail to report”, Bagenda said.
The Kasese district vice chairperson Mr. Elly Magwara described the situation in the area as unfortunate before he called upon the DPC to transfer the said police officers in a bid to restore sanity in the area.
“If this is the way security is behaving then you can transfer them or even withdraw them so that our people have peace”, Magwara said.
The parish councilor for Mbata village in Bwesumbu sub county Mr. Misaki Mulekya reported that they have sometimes failed to report to police because police is too tough on them.
The Division police commander for Hima division Assistant superintendent of police ASP Suubi Samu said they are going to investigate the allegations of police who allegedly pick coffee from people’s gardens adding that the law shall take its course thereafter.
“Now that we are aware, investigating the matter is going to start and whoever will be a culprit of theft tendencies will be brought to book” He said.
In his response, the regional police commander for Rwenzori East region assistant commissioner of police ACP Ecega Richard said if police was doing as alleged it was unfortunate but he pledged to deploy a cadet officer to head the police post.
He advised the local population to remain friendly to the police for they are aimed at protecting people’s properties and lives respectively.
Bwesumbu is one the Sub Counties that lost a big number of civilians during the 26th and 27th last year attack on Buhikra Royal Palace. Currently over eight hundred children are orphans with scores of widows.