Ms Jessica Kalenge, an Immigration Officer at the Internal Affairs Ministry headquarters in Kampala has been remanded after being accused of demanding a bribe from a client who wanted to acquire a passport.
Ms Kalenge on Tuesday appeared before Nakawa Grade One Magistrate, Me Ponsiano Odwori.
Prosecution told the court that on March 12, while at the Internal Affairs Ministry headquarters in Kampala, Ms Kalenge with intent to steal, demanded Shs350,000 from Mr Yonah Mugoya.
Ms Kalenge allegedly demanded the money when Mr Mugoya called her on phone to find out whether his passport was ready.
However, Ms Kalenge reportedly told Mr Mugoya not to bother her if he was not willing to give her Shs300,000 to expedite the process of issuing the passport.
Ms Kalenge pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through her lawyer, Mr Gordon Kifudde.
Mr Kifudde told the court that the accused has two infant children who need care. He also argued that his client is expectant.
Mr Kifudde also presented the suspect’s husband; Mr Mark Bwire, who is also an employee of the Internal Affairs Ministry, a one of the sureties.
However, prosecution that was led by the Ms Barbara Kyomugisha objected to the bail application on grounds that the suspect is likely to interfere with the ongoing investigations, once released on bail.
Mr Odwori remanded Mr Kalinge to Kigo Prisons until April 8.
A team of detectives from State House Anti-Corruption Unit arrested the accused last week basing on a phone call recording by Mr Mugoya.
According to detectives, they have since received several complaints from other people in eastern Uganda implicating the accused for demanding money to expedite the processing of their passports.
Officially, a passport is supposed to be processed within two weeks but bureaucracy at the ministry makes it almost impossible for the majority of applicants to acquire the travel documents on time.