Policemen demoted over stoning of Museveni car

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The Police Disciplinary Committee Court has demoted senior police officers for failing to protect President Museveni when his convoy was stoned in Arua town last year.

The officers were on Tuesday found guilty of charges of neglect of duty during the Arua fracas of August 13, 2018 when Museveni’s car was allegedly stoned by a crowd on Ediofe Road.

They are; former zonal field force unit commander, Robert Junena, former regional crime intelligence officer Edward Mugweri, former regional police commander for West Nile Jonathan Musinguzi and former Arua district police commander Abbas Senyonjo.

On Wednesday, the court demoted Junena from Superintendent to Assistant Superintendent of police, Mugweri from Senior Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police.

Former RPC Musinguzi and former Arua DPC Senyonjo had already lost their positions over the matter.

Former regional criminal investigations and intelligence director, Herbert Wanyoto, was sentenced to severe reprimand.

He is accused of allowing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake escape from lawful custody at Arua Central Police Station.

Francis Onen, the then Arua district traffic officer, was acquitted of the charges.

The chairperson of the disciplinary committee, Commissioner of Police Denis Odongpiny, said the officers can still regain the ranks once they work hard.

“You can appeal to the Police Council appellant court within 14 days if not satisfied with the judgment,” he noted.

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