Police have confirmed the arrest of an officer who embarrassed a cheating couple in a video that went viral on social media.
In a video, the two victims were seen confessing of how they were cheating after being interrogated by police.
According to the force spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the arrest of the cheating couple by police officers was unlawful since adultery is no longer a criminal offence in Uganda.
“Last week, we witnessed an incident where a shameful incident of adultery, a purely civil matter, was criminalised and responded to by inspector of police, Julius Ogwang Of Kira Road Police Station,” Police noted.
Enanga added, “The two victims were arrested and interrogated on camera, in a manner that violated their privacy. Adultery, is no longer a criminal offence in our country. Therefore, criminalising it, is an act of unprofessionalism and abuse of authority, which the force cannot tolerate.”
He further criticized the criminalisation of civil matters by police officers adding that IP Ogwanga Julius, the officer who registered the case, was arrested and charged with discreditable conduct, and upon conviction,he could be dismissed from the force.
He also said that the arrest of the officers should act as a warning to other undisciplined officers who look to gain from the proceeds of their selfish interests, at the expense of the force’s mandate.
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’s reputation because adultery can be used as a ground for civil processes like divorce, separation, custody of children and sharing of property.
By Hope Kalamira