Police have arrested three of its own detectives on the accusation of mishandling a rape case of Saulite Anda, a Latvian national.
The arrested detective are Sgt Doreen Oyera, Cpl Judith Akite and constable Joyce Ayereget, all from Jinja Road police station. Anda says she was raped by Ugandan pastor Joseph Collins Twahirwa of the Bugolobi-based Epikaizo Ministries International.
Anda said, in a statement at the criminal investigations directorate (CID), that she was invited to Uganda by Twahirwa and arrived at the suspect’s home in Bugolobi on December 12, 2022. Upon arrival, the pastor reportedly confiscated her passport, LV4336528. He also allegedly robbed her of $300 and €400 before eventually raping her. Anda was thereafter advised to file a case at Jinja Road police station.
But while there, the detectives allegedly conspired with Twahirwa and handed over her passport in addition to forcing her to sign for an amount of money in Ugandan shillings. Anda further told the CID team at the headquarters in Kibuli that Jinja road detectives also forced her to sign a document acknowledging receipt of all her money and withdrawing the case.
Maj Tom Magambo, the CID director reportedly ordered the arrest of the three detectives and they were apprehended on Monday afternoon. The CID team has established that Oyera, Akite and Ayereget had also conspired with Twahirwa to ensure Anda leaves Uganda as soon as possible since her visa was expiring on January 16. But on the advice of Maj Magambo, the directorate of citizenship and immigration control (DCIC) has extended Anda’s stay to ensure the case is fully investigated and provides all the necessary evidence for a successful trial.
Deputy police spokesperson Claire Nabakka confirmed the arrest of the three detectives and said the trio will face charges of irregular conduct contrary to section 44 of the Police Act. Twahirwa has also been arrested.
"It brings out the element of the unprofessionalism our officer exhibited at Jinja road police post. Currently, the pastor is in our custody, and three of our officers at Jinja road were arrested," said Nabakka.