CORRUPTION: Police Arrest Soroti District Education Officials Over Misused Funds

Soroti District acting engineer, Mr Alex Oriokot enters a police vehicle following his arrest on Tuesday. PHOTO/DM


SOROTI, Uganda [SHIFTMEDIA] It is not even a week since the CAO Lira Ben Ogwetti was remanded over corruption related issues, today the Police in Soroti District have arrested two district officials over corruption allegations.

The officials are the acting district engineer, Alex Oriokot, and the District Education Officer, James Oede.

The arrests were ordered by the Deputy Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Anne Twinomugisha Muhairwe, who was in the district to investigate allegations of corruption.

The acting engineer allegedly connived with some of the technical officers to misuse money meant for the identification of an architect to design new administration structures.

“You connived with your friend a diploma holder, George Ogango, who is incompetent and that tells us you drew the architectural designs, and everything surrounding the construction without advertisements and following the lawful procedures,” the regional IGG, Rashid Sentongo, told him.

The engineer, however, denied the allegations, saying he was directed by the chief administrative officer to source for architects.

Meanwhile, the education officer is accused of misusing Shs8m of the Shs18m meant for the construction of a pit latrine at Along Primary School in Lale sub-county.

He admitted that the money was misused, adding the remaining Shs10m was given to the contractor as payment.

Ghost Pupils Discovered

Meanwhile, Authorities in Bukomansimbi District have discovered a total of 2,520 ghost pupils in primary schools. The ghost pupils were discovered during an inspection of public schools by district leaders led by the deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Fred Kalema Pax and the district National Resident Movement (NRM) chairperson, Shafik Mwanje during the first term.

Preliminary investigations by both political leaders and police indicate that the administrators of the schools connived with the district education officer, Patrick Zziwa, and the inspector of schools, Fred Mutebi, to inflate the enrolment numbers.

At Kyamabaale Primary School, the school head claimed to have 364 pupils, but a head count revealed that there were only 107 learners, while St Andrew’s Primary School, Kayanja was found to have only 157 pupils but official school records indicated that there were 423 learner at the institution.


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