Bakaleke, four others suspended from police
When he was appointed as Inspector General of Police (IGP) last month, John Martin Okoth Ochola promised to crack the whip and rid the police of elements that were seen to be tarnishing the image of the force.
The sceptics doubted him but he quietly embarked on a program of cleaning the police image which has led to the suspension Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Siraj Bakaleke who is embroiled in a robbery scandal.
Bakaleke has been suspended with four other junior officers who were working under him at Katwe where he was as Regional police commander for Kampala South.
The group is accused of illegally arresting South Korean nationals whom they later robbed of $400,000 (Shs 1.5bn).
It is alleged that Bakaleke and group put the South Koreans; Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un at gunpoint before robbing them of the money.
They had come to the country to buy gold.
In a radio message issued by the Police’s director of Human Resource AIGP Moses Balimwoyo, ACP Bakaleke, ASP Herbert Akankwasa, Detective Inspector Robert Ray Asiimwe, Constable Driver Robert Ayebare and Constable Kenneth Zirintusa were relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
Bakaleke was on February 14 arrested together with the officer in charge of Crime Intelligence at Katwe Police Station Isaac Munezero, Kenneth Zirintuusa, George Kayongo and Patrick Ochen and detained at Nalufenya.
Balekeke was separately briefly detained at the Railway grounds police facility before the then police leadership went on to refute reports of his arrest.
Bakaleke’s group arrested Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un from Acacia mall in Kamwokya, Kampala, where they gone to meet up with their alleged gold suppliers.
At gun point, the Koreans were instructed to handover their money then took them to Katwe Police Station before dumping them at Entebbe Airport for deportation.
The cops had booked the Koreans Park and Jang on an Emirates flight which they missed.
They were later booked on a RwandAir flight to Dubai before the police flying squad intercepted their deportation.