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Bukwo Officials Flee As State House Anti-corruption Unit Conducts Arrests

The State House Anti Corruption Unit led by its senior legal officer, Peter Ndomugyenyi are investigating the alleged misappropriation of more than Shillings 3billion meant for various projects in the district. The arrests have forced several district officials into hiding.
11 Aug 2022 12:06
Service delivery in Bukwo district is paralyzed due to the ongoing investigations by the State House Anti Corruption Unit, which has picked up several officials for alleged financial mismanagement. Six officials spent the night at Bukwo police station following their arrest on Wednesday.

They are Franklin Kitiyo, the Bukwo District Production Officer, Andrew Bukose, the Chief Finance Officer, David Aliwa, the acting Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Principal Assistant Secretary, Catherine Cheptanui. The others are Fred Sokuton Twalla, the District Education Officer and Limo Chelimo Sokuton, the acting town clerk of Suam town council. 

The State House Anti Corruption Unit led by its senior legal officer, Peter Ndomugyenyi are investigating the alleged misappropriation of more than Shillings 3billion meant for various projects in the district.  The arrests have forced several district officials into hiding.

Aminisi Kayondo, the Bukwo District Police Commander, says that many officials are still recording their statements to aid the investigations. Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza, the Bukwo Resident District Commissioner, says that some of the offices have no designated officers apart from office attendants. 

"We are yet to establish the number of the officers who abandoned their offices when they heard about the presence of the State House Anticorruption unit in the district," he said. According to Hashaka, the unit intervened following a series of reports from his office and the district chairperson call for urgent help. 

"We felt like corruption in Bukwo was beyond us because even the police could not help us. They arrest the suspect and release in the same day even with the overwhelming evidence," he said.

Julius Chelimo, the Bukwo LC V Chairperson, says that the intervention of the state house team would help to prevail over the massive theft of public resource by officials. Joyce Chelangat, one of the residents, says that they are working hard to ensure that they avail information to the state house team. 

"We are tired of blaming the government for not doing much in the district yet in the actual sense the government sends resources to the district but the officials mismanage them," she said.