By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: A senior lecturer at Makerere University has dragged three senior police officers to the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) over allegations of attempting to illegally evict him from a University house.
Eng. Frank Kitumba, the former Director Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS), is up in arms with Assistant Commissioner of Police Phillip Acaye, Makerere University Chief Security Officer, Nickson Okello, the Officer in Charge of Makerere University Police station and Corporal Kenneth Kaunda Oulanya who presided over the eviction on instructions of the Chief security officer.
The accused wanted to evict Kitumba from university house number 138 along Fig Tree road, just below the College of Computing and Information Sciences.
He got a temporary relief after an order halting the eviction was issued by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Industrial court, although the cops had already thrown out his property.
Kitumba filed a complaint of professional misconduct against the officers with PSU vide file number PSU/KMP/GEF/517/2019.
His lawyer Stanley Okecho, said for evictions to occur, the Divisional Police Commander –DPC must be notified but he wasn’t in this case.
“But the DPC sitting at Wandegeya wasn’t aware. We added him for a statement before PSU [Police Standards Unit],” Oketcho said.
He added that, “The OC Makerere disappeared while the eviction went on. He switched off his phones. The eviction had to be stopped by Deputy Commandant, Kampala Metropolitan Police, who called the DPC to halt the process.”
Okecho said that the Chief Security Officer, ACP Acaye told them that he was attending a meeting in Entebbe when they called him on phone.
He revealed that they want to take on the officers in their individual capacities, not as Uganda Police Force.
“Besides subjecting them to PSU, we are finalizing paper work for civil action and private prosecution as a result of the unlawful eviction. This impunity of humiliating hard working and extremely brilliant scientists in this country ought to stop. The police are being used to fight personal wars and witch-hunt,” Okecho sai.
Kitumba said interview that he demands his gratuity money spanning a period of four years while serving as the director and science money, which wasn’t paid to him, approximately Shs200m.