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TAMED: Four police officers suspended for arresting bride on wedding day

Four police officers in Mbarara district have been suspended for conducting the improper arrest of a bride during her wedding ceremony.

The officers are faulted for causing a public nuisance act, after they barged into the wedding reception at Kakyika Technical Institute grounds, on the 20th.August 2022, and arrested the bride at around 8pm, on a sanctioned charges of theft of Ugx. 8 million.

They then drove her to the police station in Mbarara, where she was detained.

Those suspended include; Sgt. Richard Ngabirano, DC Adio Caroline, DC Muganyizi Atugonza and DC Ayesiga Morris and further charged them for discreditable conduct, which upon conviction, warrants a dismissal from the force.

So far, one suspect, Sgt. Ngabirano Richard is arrested and in custody, while the other 3 officers are still in hiding, but efforts are in place to have them arrested and charged accordingly.

Police authority at Rwizi Regional headquarters have described the arrest as disgraceful in front of the groom, family, friends, guests and in-laws. It turned out that what was supposed to be a joyful day of her life ended in a night mare.

“Although it’s a duty of an officer, to effect arrest and produce suspects in court, over sanctioned criminal charges, in this very matter, the action of the officers was reprehensible and based on poor judgment,” the UPF wrote.

The Regional Police Commander, Rwizi, upon learning about the incident, instructed for the immediate release of the bride, and extended apologies to the bride, the groom, family, in-laws, friend, guests and the church which wedded them.

The Police has since apologized to the family and public for such rogue actions by individual Police officers which clearly the Uganda Police Force doesn’t condone.

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