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2 Councillors, UPDF Soldier Arrested For Alleged Extortion

A Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier attached to 5th Division and two councillors at Lira Municipality have been arrested for allegedly extorting 1.7 million shillings from a municipal worker.

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A Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier attached to 5th Division and two councillors at Lira Municipality have been arrested for allegedly extorting 1.7 million shillings from a municipal worker.

 

Private Stephen Amai was picked on Thursday evening together with councillors Walter Fred Minyang and Samuel Akaa. Their arrest stemmed from a complaint from Denis Kombe, an engineer working with Lira Municipality.

 

It is alleged that a week ago the trio approached Eng. Kombe and informed him that councillors were collecting signatures to dismiss him from work for mismanaging 18 million shillings meant for road repairs, and that the issue was soon coming up for action in the main council meeting. According to Eng. Kombe, the trio then demanded that he pays 3 million shillings in order to protect him in the council but he only managed to pay 1.7 million in installments.

 

Manshur Suwed, Central North regional police spokesperson said the trio has on different dates and locations been fraudulently receiving money from Eng. Kombe.

 

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Manshur said the suspects reportedly used the UPDF operative who allegedly presented himself as a police detective to threaten Eng. Kombe before they could extort the said money from him.

 

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Geoffrey Bosco Ogwal, Lira Municipal Council speaker, described the claim by the two councillors of collecting signatures to pin Eng. Kombe as a hoax.

 

Geoffrey Opio Omolo, a local councillor representing Bazzar West parish, condemned the actions by his colleagues. He says the trio should be prosecuted.

Eng. Kombe told police that he was made to record a statement by the two councillors and that he kept on giving them the money.

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