By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Theft and negligence of duty charges have been slapped on nine police officers over the loss of a television set from Jinja Central Police Station in the eastern part of Uganda, National Telegraph has learned.
A 40-inch plasma screen that was stolen was donated to Police by Startimes last month. The screen was installed one month ago and was hanged at the wall adjacent to the Jinja police station reception.
Kiira Region police Spokesperson, Diana Nandawula said nine officers who were on duty on the day the TV set went missing have been indicted with negligence of duty and theft.
“We have charged nine people who were on duty on that day. One of them is an officer and the others are at junior ranks,” Nandawula said. “We have charged them of theft and negligence,” but are on police bond as investigations continue.
National Telegraph has learned that the nine included the duty officer at the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), a sergeant, five corporals, a detective constable, and a special police constable and all were on duty when the TV set went missing on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Nandawula said the file will later be submitted to the Jinja Resident State Attorney (RSA) for perusal and advice on what to do next. The RSA will advise whether to charge them criminally or disciplinary.