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State still investigating Capt Okello

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th October 2003 03:00 AM

THE State yesterday told court that investigations into Captain James Okello’s personation case are not yet complete

THE State yesterday told court that investigations into Captain James Okello’s personation case are not yet complete

THE State yesterday told court that investigations into Captain James Okello’s personation case are not yet complete, reports Jude Etyang.

Okello, the former head of the timber monitoring unit, was arrested recently after a wrangle erupted over impounded timber. He was later charged with personation of a UPDF officer attached to State House.

“Inquiries into this matter are not yet complete. I pray for an adjournment,” State prosecutor Brian Opira told Buganda Road Court.

Clad in a light blue shirt and a matching tie, Okello, appeared before Magistrate Justin Atukwasa, accompanied by his lawyer Gloria Basaza Ochiengwho.

Atukwasa adjourned the case until November 13 for mention. Okello, who is also charged with forgery of a UPDF identity card was sacked from the Forestry Department by the Minister of Water, Lands and Environment, Col Kahinda Otafiire.

This followed claims that Otafiire was involved in shoddy timber deals, which the minister denied.
The State alleges that on June 23, in Kampala, Okello forged an identity card in the names of Captain Okello James Fred, as an army officer attached to the State House.

It is further alleged that between June and August this year, Okello falsely presented himself to be a person employed in the public service as a UPDF Captain for the purpose of impounding vehicles carrying illegal timber at Nakawa, a Kampala city suburb.

On the Police charge sheet he is identified as a retired soldier.

State still investigating Capt Okello

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