Kampala-OVER 450 Ugandan traffic officials were reassigned to other departments for misconduct and allegedly soliciting bribes from motorists, says director of Traffic and Road Safety, Dr. Steven Kasiima.
Dr Kasiima warned traffic officers who act unprofessionally, saying they risked being dismissed from the police service because their actions jeopardize police work.
“In a period of one year, 450 traffic police officers have been netted and moved to other departments after receiving several complaints from the public of soliciting bribes from motorists. I have also removed their names from the traffic police directorate,” he confirmed.
Dr Kasiima also said that drivers have also been arrested for aiding and abetting corruption.
He said the said policemen have undergone thorough the police disciplinary measures for extorting money. Kasiima declined to name the affected officers but said most of them are at the rank of superintendent of police, assistant superintendent of police, inspector of vehicles, officers in charge of police stations, assistant inspector of vehicles, sergeants, corporals and
He outlined the plan of action to clean Uganda Police, centered on monitoring officers in the field.
Uganda Police Force has been ranked the most corrupt institution in the country by various corruption-rating agencies including Transparency International and Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) reports.
But Kasiima said the police service has many professional personnel like Corporal Betty Chemisto, 35, who was awarded millions of shillings for her dedicated service by the members of the public.
He said this at a ceremony where Chemisto was hosted to a spacious lunch at Nanjing Restaurant in Kololo, a city suburb. Kasiima handed sh1.8m to Chemisto, who was in the company of her 13-year-old son (Santos Cheptai). Chemisto is a mother of four children.
Donned in white traffic uniform, Chemisto kept smiling as she received the money as a token of appreciation for her work.
The award came after someone took a photograph of Chemisto in rain at Nyonyi Gardens junction controlling traffic amidst the flooded road, which went viral on social media.
It was on this basis that Owen Bigombe who saw the picture gave her sh400,000.
Cynthia Nyamuni, CN communications director also commended Chemisto and gave her $300 (about sh1.15m).
“I am challenged because of what you do every day. You gave 100 percent service during the down pour.” Cynthia said
Pamela Ankunda, the Internal Affairs communication officer also commended Chemisto for serving the police force diligently.