A report says the alleged stolen guns and ammunition from Kampala Central Police Station [CPS] was nothing more than a fallacy by officers who hired out the two guns to criminals.
This is contained in a preliminary report by the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) based on information obtained from the two suspects picked up from Iganga and six police officers in custody in connection to the gun theft.
According to the findings quoted by Uganda Radio Network [URN], the theft is believed to have been the work of a syndicate of Police officers, some of whom are in custody.
Frank Mwesigwa, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, has confirmed the ongoing investigations to URN but declined to divulge details.
“We have the officers in our cells. We are investigating the motive of the theft,” Mwesigwa said.
However, a reliable source involved in the investigations, says initially the two suspects picked from had refused to talk but opened up when Flying Squad Operatives begun interrogating them.
“The policemen told us everything. How they picked the guns, who they gave them to and when they were supposed to be returned,” the source told URN on condition of anonymity.
It is alleged that some policemen connived with the officer in charge of the armoury to secure the guns and hire them out to criminals at unknown amount.
The criminals were expected to return the guns after their mission.
“People who entered into the armoury left guns on the display and took guns that were recovered from the field. And you call that theft. It is just connivance and collaboration of officers which the investigations will prove,” Mwesigwa said on the matter.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has since formed a joint security team to handle the investigations into the Saturday night raid of armoury.
The joint security team is comprised of officers from Crime Intelligence, Professional Standards Unit, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and Internal Security Organisation.
The assailants were intercepted in Iganga heading to Busia and arrested.
Addressing press at Uganda Christian University in Mukono on Tuesday, Kayihura said he set up a joint security team to investigate the matter after he was informed there was no attack on the armoury.
“When I read the news on social media that guns were stolen from CPS Kampala I thought there was serious attack on the armoury,” he is quoted as saying.
Kayihura said he was briefed by Mwesigwa that some people opened and picked the guns with rounds of ammunitions.
“How can unknown people open the CPS armoury and steal guns. Where were the police officers on duty? This cannot happen in my regime,” Kayihura said.
Kayihura further directed all police commanders to chase away brokers and informers from their stations.
“I have been informed that there are always brokers and informers camping at police station on daily basis I don’t want them there,” he said.
He accused them of leaking sensitive information to criminal gangs.