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Arua Veterans Emyooga SACCO Chairperson Arrested over UGX 29.5m

According to a statement obtained from Post Bank, Abiyo withdrew the money after he told the signatories to sign a blank Cheque.
Arua RDC Festus Ayikobua pointing at the Recovered money in his office.

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The Arua district Army Veterans Emyooga SACCO chairperson has been arrested for illegally withdrawing 29.5 Million Shillings.

Samuel Abiyo’s arrest follows reports by some members of the SACCO that in June he had fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.  

According to a statement obtained from Post Bank, Abiyo withdrew the money after he told the signatories to sign a blank Cheque. 

Festus Ayikobua Resident District Commissioner Arua and a team of Police detectives arrested Abiyo on Thursday at his home in Vurra Sub County. When his house was searched, 20 Million Shillings was found hidden in the house.

Ayikobua says that they have given Abiyo one week to recover the 9.5 million lest they sell off his house in Vurra to recover the money.    

// Cue in; after now the officer.…

Cue out; recover the 9.5.…. //  

Hamza Ali Ham the West Nile regional Coordinator Emyooga condemned the actions of Abiyo.

He said that there is a need to do more sensitization on financial literacy and discipline among members of the various Emyooga groups. 

// Cue in; I got shocked when.…//

Cue out: who has done his assessment.// 

John Ezuma, the Commercial Officer Arua District says that the recovered money will be deposited on the account until new leadership is elected.

// Cue in; Group like Veterans…

Cue out; we want is good leadership.…. //

This is the second time in two months that the Emyooga funds have been secretly withdrawn and misused by chairpersons in the Arua district. Last month, Edward Arigo, the Chairperson of the Performing Artistes in West Nile vanished with over 20 million Shillings.