Crime & Investigation

Detective Jailed over Spy Tapes


website cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to prosecution, sometime in March while at the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) headquarters in Kampala, Poteri, being in possession of an official secret entrusted to him as a person holding an office of the government of Uganda, did pass on this confidential information to persons not authorised to receive it.

The detective, who is attached to Electoral and Political Crimes Department, was arrested early this month after an internal investigation indicated he had handed over the secret recordings to Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi.

It is widely believed money exchanged hands in the leakage of the recordings.

Appearing before Buganda Road Court on Monday, Poteri was charged with wrongful communication and leaking information contrary to Sections4 (1) of the Secrets Act.

Sources at CIID said the officer admitted to the crime in a statement recorded at the investigations body in Kibuli.

However, Poteri fell short of taking plea before Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Olive Kazaarwe, after his lawyer said the client had been incarcerated for more than the mandatory 48 hours without trial.

Kazaarwe adjourned the matter to May 7 before instructing the suspects’ lawyer to tender before court a sworn affidavit backing his claims.

Hell broke loose when Ms Mbabazi claimed she had recorded Kayihura coaching youths to pin her husband in a conspiracy to challenge Museveni’s presidency.

It later emerged that Ms Mbabazi was not being truthful and that she was simply a beneficiary of the leaked spy tapes.

Kayihura maintains he has the mandate to investigate acts of criminality in the NRM such as bribery.

“The Anti-Corruption Act 2009 section 1 definition of a “public body” includes; A political party, a trade union, a society registered under the cooperative societies Act and any council board, committee or society established by an Act of parliament for the benefit, regulation and control of any profession and nongovernmental organisations,” Police said in a statement recently.

“The issue, therefore, of Police interfering in ‘internal matters of a political party’, as alleged in various sections of the media, is a misleading perception, especially in situations where officials of political parties use their positions to engage in acts that are blatantly criminal; for instance, bribery.”

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