Health officials convicted over soliciting sh5.3m bribe
Michael Odeng
Journalist @New Vision

The Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo has ordered two health officials attached to Terego District to pay sh2m or serve one year and two months imprisonment.

This is after Viola Bako, 36, and William Bayo, 32, and Yeku Masanja, 34, were convicted on their plea of guilty for corruptly soliciting and receiving  a gratification from Simon Ojobile, the proprietor of Jesnet Restaurant.

Bako is the health assistant, Cilio Health Center III, Terego district while Bayo is a health assistant, Obofia Health Center III, Terego district. Meanwhile, Masanja is the coordinator of the Aids Support Organisation (TASO), Terego district.

According to IG, the officials purportedly solicited a kickback from a supplier of food for the training of health teams in Terego district, claiming to have assisted the latter to get the contract.

The Senior Principal Grade One Magistrate, Albert Asiimwe also banned the health officials from holding a public office for 10 years on Friday.

“The officials have been barred from occupying a public office for 10 years after being convicted for soliciting and receiving gratification of sh1.5m in exchange for a tender to supply meals for VHTs training in Terego district,” he ordered.

Prosecution says the trio between the months of May 2022 and September 2022 at different places in Terego district corruptly solicited  for sh5.3m from Ojobile but received sh1.5m, in exchange for nominating him for the award of a tender to supply meals during the VHT training in Terego district and other tenders to come.

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