Police in Usuk, Katakwi district have been accused of soliciting bribes from complainants and suspects.
Emmanuel Elungat, Des Okolimo and Rose Atim, all residents of Usuk who testified against the police actions during a community awareness training in Usuk, blamed police for unlawfully asking for money from suspects in order to settle cases.
The trio claim police officers in Usuk have continuously involved themselves in corruption as well as indiscipline activities which according to the Police Act is contrary to section 44 (1) code 20 (b).
In April, 2021 Uganda Police dismissed over 150 officers over corruption.
Rose Acen, an activist, said security authorities should willingly transfer or dismiss the officers in Usuk who are asking for money to settle cases.
The LC3 Usuk Town Council Simon Peter Okot and LC3 David Ariko Usuk Sub County also said that they have received numerous reports of police officers in Usuk acting against the law.
Jimmy Okiror the Community Liaison Officer CLO Katakwi CPS condemned the act while promising to address the matter.
Okiror said that Police expects very high professional behavior to enable it achieve its core mandate of protecting the public and preventing crime.
Meanwhile Rashid Ssentongo, Inspector General of Government IGG advised residents to identify the police officers who are extorting money from the public and report to his office to contact him.