By Stephen Kafeero
A number of policemen who work or have worked at Entebbe airport have movie-like stories to tell about how policemen, especially their bosses, have for decades ran a smuggling cartel that deals in drugs and other contraband.
Last week, Sunday Monitor spoke to Mr Richard Okullu, a Corporal in the Police Force, who ran into trouble after exposing dirty deals involving ivory smuggling, drug dealing and other issues by officers of the Aviation police and other staff.
Emboldened by Mr Okullos expose, a number of police officers who have worked in the airport security in varying periods stepped forward to corroborate some of the information Mr Okullo provided, and offered new details about the rot at the countrys only international airport.
The revelations about what several police officers followed a swoop by the polices Flying Squad Unit that resulted in the arrest of at least eight police officers including the Commandant of Very Important Persons Protections Unit, Senior Commissioner of Police Lodovic Awita.
We asked police spokesperson Asan Kasingye why the policemen have continued to be held in custody for over a week, way beyond the 48 hours that the law allows for one to be held before being charged in a court of law.
This is an investigation which is open. If anyone has information they should approach the investigators, Mr Kasingye said. He said the arrested officers will, according to how the investigations go, be charged in court or released on bail.
We also put it to Mr Kasingye that a number of other police officers have been named by mostly their su...