The police in Masaka have arrested Godfrey Bazungu, the LC3 chairperson of Kibanda sub-county, in Rakai district for allegedly stealing their land.
Bazungu was arrested on Monday morning by the southern regional police officers from his home in Kibanda. Noah Serunjogi, the southern regional police spokesman, confirmed the arrest of Bazungu, adding that he was being detained at Masaka police station.
It was alleged that Bazungu, who doubles as Kooki chiefdom’s deputy speaker, connived with one Ben Odhiambo, a police officer, and sold off a 3.5 acre piece of land in Ntantamuki village near the Uganda-Tanzania border. According to Serunjogi, the land was donated to the police by Rakai district administration at the time when Vincent Semakula was the district chairperson.
It had been hoped that a police post would be constructed on the land, to help guard against cattle thieves from Tanzania. Efforts to talk to Odhiambo, were futile as his phone was switched off.
But Benon Mugabi, the Rakai district chairperson, condemned the police for arresting Bazungu without informing the top district leaders.
“Bazungu is a responsible leader who should not have been picked up without the knowledge of the district leaders,” Mugabi said.
Serunjogi assured that all the due process would be followed before Bazungu is produced in court.
Source : The Observer