A police officer attached to Mbarara Central Police Station has been arrested for allegedly soliciting and receiving a bribe of 100,000 shillings and a bunch of matooke.
Corporal Abel Musinguzi, a former Officer in Charge Boma police post in Kamukuzi division, Mbarara Municipality, was arrested by detectives from the Office of Inspectorate of Government (IGG) as he received the bunch of matooke from an elderly woman.
The woman is a resident of Nyaruhandagazi in Bugamba Sub County, Mbarara district.
The policeman had earlier arrested and charged the old woman with assault before releasing her on a forged police bond bearing a fake case file number upon paying a bribe of 100,000 shillings.
He later reportedly demanded for a bunch of matooke and another 100,000 shillings for the Resident State Attorney (RSA) in order to dismiss the case completely.
The old woman whose identity is not disclosed rushed to the office of the IGG in Mbarara, where she was given the money and advised to bring the bunch of matooke for Corporal Musinguzi which was used as trap to arrest him.
Dominic Baru, the Senior Principal Inspectorate Officer in charge of the Southwestern region, says Corporal Musinguzi, who abused his office by illegally arresting the woman faces corruption-related charges.
Baru says complaints about police officers soliciting bribes in the districts of Mbarara, Isingiro, Bushenyi and Ntungamo have been reported and that very soon many of them shall be arrested once the required logistical support is secured for her office.