By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Police have confirmed the arrest of officers including Inspector of Police, Julius Ogwang Of Kira Road Police Station after he led a team that invaded the privacy of NBS TV ‘catchup’ presenter Mukisa Kimenyi aka MC Casmir after he was allegedly nabbed sleeping with a married woman.
According to the videos that made rounds on social media, Mc Casmir, was caught red-handed in bed with another man’s wife and the couple was interrogated and had to apologize for chewing each other live on Camera.
According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the manner in which the two were arrested violated their privacy.
Enanga noted that the incident is a purely civil matter and the police officers did not have to criminalize it in their response adding that the arrest of the cheating couple by the police officers was unlawful since adultery is no longer a criminal offense in Uganda.
“Adultery is no longer a criminal offense in our country. Therefore, criminalizing it, is an act of unprofessionalism and abuse of authority, which the force cannot tolerate,” Enanga said
He condemned the criminalization of civil matters in police adding that IP Ogwang Julius, the officer who registered the case, was arrested and charged with discreditable conduct, which upon conviction, could lead to dismissal from the force.
However, Enanga cautioned all married persons whether in estranged, complex or sensitive relationships, to respect the sanctity of marriage and use lawful means, instead of smearing one another’s reputation.
He further warned that in some instances, adultery, can be used as a ground for civil processes like divorce, separation, custody of children, and sharing of property.
Other areas where the public, in conspiracy with selected officers, criminalizes civil matters, are private debts, where thousands are threatened with arrest.
The police mouthpiece warned that the arrest of the officers should act as a warning to other undisciplined officers, who look to gain from proceeds of their selfish interests, at the expense of the force’s mandate.
“The role of the police in civil conflicts, complaints and disagreements is to protect life and property,”
Enanga however, noted that there are other circumstances, where victimized married person, can report their matters to the police.
Enanga further emphasized that the alleged actions of the officer, do not represent the majority of exceptional police officers, who go above and beyond the call of duty, to protect the community, each and every day.