Bamugemereire arrests police chief over land deals

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Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, chairperson Land Inquiry Commision

Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Christine Atayi Ayeko, for her role in mishandling of land disputes.

Ayeko, attached to Kapeeka Police Station was arrested and handed over to the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) of the force, pending investigations.

The Commission of Inquiry into land matters ordered her arrest after she was accused of interfering with investigations into land disputes in her area of jurisdiction.

The commission quizzed her in regard to alleged arrest and detention of people in Kapeeka Sub-county over fake cases following a petition by residents.

Residents told the commission that businessman, Haji Swaib Yiga, worked with local leaders and police to destroy their plantations before grabbing large chucks of their land since 2016.

Ayeko acting on Yiga’s behalf arrested Edward Sekalongo who has been in detention since July 29 without being arraigned in courts of law.

Ayeko then acquired 10 acres at Balatira village, the same land allegedly grabbed by Yiga from the family of the late Yakobo Lukwago.

But the cop told the commission that she lawfully acquired the land with her money she earned from the sale of her produce.

“Let the PSU make sure that you never go back to Kapeeka because you are compromising our work and the commission cannot do its work when you are there,” Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the commission chairperson is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.

Last month, the Justice Bamugemereire–led Commission ordered the arrest and detention of Raymond Jjagwe, a detective Assistant Superintendent of Police in Luwero who was accused of facilitating arrests and torture of the residents.

Source: Daily Monitor