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Corruption suspects transferred to CID headquarters

By Hudson Apunyo

Added 23rd March 2019 08:18 PM

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema pitched camp in Lira for two days starting Tuesday before she left, leaving behind CID officers.

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Suspects being transferred to CID headquarters. photo by Hudson Apunyo.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema pitched camp in Lira for two days starting Tuesday before she left, leaving behind CID officers.

CORRUPTION | COURT | CRIME

LIRA - Twelve out of the 22 suspected corrupt senior district officials who were arrested from four districts of Lango sub-region by the State House Anti-corruption Unit have been transferred to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Kampala for further investigation.

The team, led by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, stormed districts of Lira, Alebtong, Dokolo, Amolatar and Lira Municipality on Tuesday and Wednesday and arrested about 22 senior district officials. Some were released on police bond while 12 remained in custody.

Those who were arrested on corruption allegations and released on police bond include; Lira CAO Mark Tivu, Town Clerk Assy Abirebe Tumwesigire, Deputy Town Clerk Patrick Ogweng and Councilor Walter Minyang.

 ome of the suspects hoto by udson punyo Some of the suspects. Photo by Hudson Apunyo.

 
Those whose arrest was ordered but still remain at large include Boniface Odora the senior accounts assistant of Lira district and Sarah Adong the engineering assistant of Lira Municipal Council who was later arrested but released on police bond due to ill health.

Those who have been transferred include, Chief Finance Officer of Lira Geoffrey Ebonga, DISO of Lira Gilbert Winyi, Patrick Awio, and the Principal Finance Officer of Lira Municipality.

From Alebtong, the CFO Stephen Andiyo, Bony Otieno the Water Engineer, Acting Internal Auditor Alex Ojom and Water Officer in charge of mobilization Moses Okidi were taken.

From Dokolo, the team took District Engineer Codeos Thomas Okello, Acting CFO Alex Ongom, Senior Accounts Assistant Henry Ajwang.

From Amolatar, the team took the Chief Finance Officer Sylvesto Ongony, Assistant Engineer Robert Okidi and Accountant Works Douglas Ongwen.

A CID officer with the team who declined to be named because he is not allowed to speak to the press said some of those who were released on police bond are on the run and could not be traced by the time of transferring their colleagues to Kampala.

Those who were supposed to be picked but disappeared include the Town Clerk of Lira Municipal Council Assy Abirebe Tumwesigire and his deputy Patrick Ogweng.

 hoto by udson punyo Photo by Hudson Apunyo.

 
Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema pitched camp in Lira for two days  starting Tuesday before she left, leaving behind CID officers. The officers carried out investigations including visiting sites where district officials claimed boreholes and classrooms were constructed but found none.

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