The Secretary Amolatar District Service Commission has been
arrested for allegedly demanding bribes from job applicants.
Tonny Odongole has allegedly been demanding
large amounts of cash from job seekers in the two districts of Kwania and
Amolatar with empty promises of giving them jobs.
Amolatar Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Jonathan
Akweteireho confirmed the arrest. He says Odongole was arrested because he has
been the conduit between the commissioners and the applicants.
Akweteireho said that Odongole has been tracked for 3-4 years
during the recruitment exercises for both Amolatar and Kwania districts and
there is enough evidence to pin him.
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Jacob Chepsikor, Amolatar district police commander says so far 7
complainants have recorded statements against Odongole’s alleged conduct adding
that the matter is under investigations.
Odongole has worked in Amolatar district for more than 10 years
now. In July 2019 Kwania district council hired the services of the Amolatar
district service commission to conduct recruitment in the newly carved out
district; however, the exercise was marred with irregularities.
In October 2019, Police at North Kyoga Region launched
investigations into alleged bribery following complaints from some applicants.
Odongole, Bazil Okello Onac, the Kwania interim Chairman and CAO
Albina Awor were accused of soliciting 15 million shillings from one of the
applicants who had applied for the position of Senior Commercial Officer.
When contacted, Awor and Odongole denied the allegations.
Kwania RDC Salim Komakech warned Odongole, and the district
leaders to desist from the acts of taking bribes from job applicants.