The deputy Jinja Resident City Commissioner (RCC), Mr Peter Banya, has cited Shs3m bribery in the escape of 17 suspects from Jinja Central Police Station (CPS) cells on Sunday morning.
Most of the suspects had been arrested on Saturday night from Mafubira, Walukuba and Bugembe among other Jinja City suburbs, and booked at the Station for felons, including home invasions, being a menace and physically assaulting their victims, especially women.
Mr Banya said prior to the escape, he received information that Shs3m had been paid to the police officers on duty to allow some suspects to escape but before he could complete his investigations, he received news that they had escaped.
“That (Shs3m bribery claim) is the rumour one of the policemen brought forward, but it is still under investigation. The escapees are 17 but the rumour of Shs3m hasn’t yet been proven. It is a rumour among the policemen themselves,” Mr Banya said.
Asked if any of the escapees have been rearrested, Mr Banya said none but the District Police Commander (DPC) is working leads which we hope will bear fruit by the end of the week.
The Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, James Mubi, didn’t pick our calls or reply to messages sent to his known telephone number.