By Davis Mugabi
A senior police office, who, in October 2022 impersonated the Head of Security at Bank of Uganda and defrauded an investor US$ 500 in a fake procurement deal has been freed.
ASP Emmanuel Ssempijja is the Divisional Community Liaison Officer – Central Police Station – Kampala.
A petition currently before the Inspectorate of Government has it that in the month of October 2022, ASP Ssempijja positioned himself as the Head of Security at the Central Bank, met some investors and promised them a procurement deal. At the time, the petitioner says that the BoU had advertised calls for interest in renovating BoU regional branches across the country. Having seen the advert, the petitioner says they were approached by some people who then introduced ASP Ssempijja as the Head of Security at BoU. During the meeting held in Kampala, ASP Ssempijja promised to secured the contract for the investor. ASP Ssempijja was ‘facilitated’ with US$ 500. However, the deal never went through and upon cross-checking, AS Ssempijja, was not the Head of Security at Bank of Uganda.
The investors were conned. Upon following up the matter with concerned authorities, ASP Ssempijja was arrested for taking money under false pretense, and detained at Railways Police Station.
However, the petitioner says after just a few days, ASP Ssempijja was freed. The petitioner suggests that fingers of those who were handling the file were oiled and matters dropped. They allege that ASP Ssempijja paid US$ 10, 000 to be dropped from the case.
The petitioner now wants the Inspectorate of Government to look into the matter.