16 February 2010

Uganda: Kisoro District Magistrate Arrested over Bribe

Kampala — THE Kisoro Grade One Magistrate was yesterday arrested andâ-‚locked up at Kisoro Police Station for several hours over allegations of taking a bribe.

David Cheptuke Kaye was picked up by detectives from the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) at the court chambers around 9:30am as he was allegedly receiving sh100,000 from John Bosco Nyundo.

Nyundo said he had been sent by his relatives to bribe Kaye so that he could release them on bail.

In an interview at the Police station, Nyundo said on January 29, he and his relatives, Denis Musekura, Scovia Busiingye and another whose name he did not give, were asked by the magistrate to pay sh300,000 to be granted bail, but later disagreed with him when they insisted on getting a receipt for the money.

The three had been charged with malicious damage of property. They were accused by the Rev. Innocent Nshizirungu of Nyakabande parish of destroying beans and sweet potatoes in his gardens on January 12.

"It was then that I contacted the IGG officials who have now arrested him," Nyundo said.

Kaye admitted having received the sh100,000 but said it was part payment of a loan he gave Nyundo last month when the latter had a patient in Mutorele Hospital.

"He (Nyondo) is being used by people who do not want me to be in this district," he said.

Kaye added that the complainant, who holds a diploma in law, had been pestering him for a job as a court clerk but he had advised him to wait for the Public Service Commission to advertise.

The district criminal investigations officer, Fred Lumala, said Kaye would be transferred to Kampala for prosecution.

Last year, the inspector of courts summonedâ-‚Kaye over complaints of sexual harassment and asked him to explain the allegations, according to a letter which The New Vision saw.

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