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Busia head teacher held over theft
Publish Date: Jan 06, 2010
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By Egessa Hajusu

The Police in Busia have arrested a primary school head teacher for allegedly stealing teaching materials worth sh1m.

The district Police commander, Charles Oumo, identified the suspect as Hilary Otwomo, the head teacher of Marachi Primary School in Busia town.
Oumo explained that Otwomo was arrested on Saturday and detained at Busia Police Station after a tip-off from residents.

“We got him as he was crossing to Kenya with a box full of school slates,” Oumo said.
According to Oumo, the Police had earlier recovered more slates, bundles of text books, and boxes of school chalk from his house, when he led them to his home.

Otwomo claimed he was going to teach the community but the local leaders in Marachi told the Police that there were no community classes going on in the area.

The deputy resident district commissioner, Emily Akullu, who led the operation, said head teachers like Otwomo made the public criticise the universal primary education programme that as a failure yet the Government was injecting money for its success.
“Other teachers who have stolen teaching materials should bring them back before we carry out a verification exercise in all schools,”Akullu advised.

She commended the community leaders and the residents for informing the authorities about such people.

According to the head teachers who spoke to The New Vision, Busia district loses textbooks worth millions every year in theft. The books are reportedly sold in Kenya.

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