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Judicial Ruling: CID Officer Ordered to Pay Shs40 Million for Abuse of Authority

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  • The Iganga Chief Magistrate’s Court found Namutumba OC CID Stella Nankunda guilty of infringing on the personal liberty of two process servers, Micheal Kaluusi and Richard Mwesigwa, when she illegally arrested and detained the public servants who had sought the police’s intervention.
  • Chief Magistrate Daniel Epobu Kiboko, in a ruling on May 15, stated that there is a need to grant all reliefs sought herein to deter errant arrogant officers of the Uganda Police, like Ms.

The Iganga Chief Magistrate’s Court found Namutumba OC CID Stella Nankunda guilty of infringing on the personal liberty of two process servers, Micheal Kaluusi and Richard Mwesigwa, when she illegally arrested and detained the public servants who had sought the police’s intervention. Chief Magistrate Daniel Epobu Kiboko, in a ruling on May 15, stated that there is a need to grant all reliefs sought herein to deter errant arrogant officers of the Uganda Police, like Ms. Nankunda, who act with gross impunity and abuse of the police uniform. Further orders were issued by Kiboko, stipulating that the Shs40 million must attract a 10-percent interest from the date of the ruling.

CID Officer Nankunda tested the depth of the river with both feet on December 14, 2023, when two process servers filed a case of assault against Sulaina Logose, to whom they had gone to effect service. As the OC CID at Namutumba Police Station, Ms. Nankunda instead, “without justification,” ordered their detention from 2 pm to 7 pm.

The court heard that the officer rudely told the two process servers of her ethnic background and asserted her authority to act as she pleased. She also bragged that their file number SD 59/14/12/2023 could as well be considered gone.

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Magistrate Kiboko decided to take action against Ms. Nankunda, ordering her to issue a written public apology to the two process servers within 30 days from the ruling. Kiboko deemed Kaluusi’s and Mwesigwa’s claims for Shs40 million in damages, presented by their lawyers Steven Kalali of M/s Ssekaana Associated Advocates & Consultants, as “just and equitable.”

For Ms. Nankunda and her lawyers, Musa Ssemwogerere of Ms. Law Advocates, an appeal seems necessary to halt the deterrent punishment, in which Magistrate Kiboko called for her head to roll.

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