The Police in Kitgum district are holding two Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF)soldiers on allegations of mounting illegal roadblocks within Kitgum Municipality.
The soldiers were arrested on Saturday night in Pandwong Division where they had reportedly mounted a separate roadblock to extort money from unsuspecting road users during curfew time. The Police, however, declined to divulge details of their particulars for fear of jeopardising investigations.
Uganda Radio Network established that the suspects had for the third time in a row mounted such illegal roadblock within the Municipality.
Robert Oken, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations at Kitgum Central Police station says that the suspects are detained at the police station pending further investigation into their alleged conduct.
“It’s true we arrested two soldiers of Uganda People Defense Forces last night for mounting of illegal roadblocks. We are conducting investigations on their conduct,” said Oken.
Kitgum residents and leaders have been raising numerous complaints of extortion and harassment by security personnel during curfew hours. The curfew runs from 7 p.m. to 6; 30 a.m.
Two weeks ago, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) William Komakech threatened to end the deployment of soldiers and Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel over widespread allegations of extortion from the community.
He noted that despite the allegations, a few individuals had come forward to pin the security personnel to pave way for investigations and prosecution.