Police have arrested one of its own Inspector of Police (IP) Luben Nagasaki and his son Walter Mumbere after the latter stole the former’s uniform which he used to chant People Power slogans.
According to a statement from Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the incident happened on Sunday at around 2100 hours in Wandegeya Police Station.
Mumbere, a civilian, picked the uniform in the police barracks while his father was away from home and wore it.
A drunken Mumbere moved out and started making uncoordinated statements which could have raised suspicion that he was not a police officer.
Mumbere then started deafeningly chanting “People Power, our Power” slogans which are dominantly used by the National Unity Platform and People Power political groups.
“People Power is our power, even if I sleep in jail,” Mumbere drunkenly chorused.
He was arrested and taken to the station where it was established that he wasn’t a police officer.
“He has been charged with being in possession of government stores and his father Inspector of Police Ngasaki has been charged with neglect of duty since he failed to protect government stores,” Onyango said.
“Both suspects are detained at Wandegeya Police Station pending court. IP Nagasaki is likely to appear in our disciplinary court while the son will appear in criminal court. We want to advise all police officers to guard jealously all the police kits and equipment in their possession and not allow their relatives and children to play with them,” he added.
Last week, the UPDF launched investigations into an incident where a man was captured wearing an army uniform at NUP offices.
This man who was clad in a full military attire was photographed seated with the leaders and other party members.
However, the photos raised a number of questions because according to the law, a serving army officer is not allowed to take part in partisan politics.
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, The UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso said the force doesn’t know this man.
“A picture of an unidentified individual in UPDF dress, with an unclear name tag and covered shoulder lapels and with a people power beret and mask was posted on social media to cheaply and desperately portray some members of the force as partisan,” she said.
“The UPDF takes strong exception to this criminal scheme and already investigations are underway to establish the identity and apprehend the culprit who is not a member of the UPDF,” she added.