More than 70 people in Gulu have been conned by a fraudulent Non –Governmental
Revival Generation Organization has conned over 40 million
shillings from desperate people in need of jobs.
The unregistered NGO is owned by Kennedy Ocaya who is currently on
the run after extorting money since April to October.
Over 70 recruits who were recruited for the positions of Field Officers, Human
Resource Managers, Project Managers, IT Specialists, among others were
defrauded after Ocaya reportedly asked them to pay 60,000-710,000 shillings
after passing the job interviews.
Denis Komakech, one of the victims said he applied for a job at the organization in October and after passing the interview, Ocaya asked him to pay 150,000 shillings
as a token of appreciation for passing the interview.
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According to Komakech, Ocaya convened a meeting with all the
recruits early this month and demanded that everyone pays 60,000 shillings for
opening a salary account at Barclays Bank. However, some of the recruits became
suspicious after the accounts were not open.
Willy Charles Okello, another victim who was recruited as the programs Manager
says that they realized that the organization is fake after finding out that
it recruited workers before registering with the National NGO Board.
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Kenneth Kaunda Nokrach, another victim who was conned of 110,000 shillings said
on realizing that the organization is fake, he reported the matter to police
and that Ocaya was ordered to refund his money.
On Wednesday, some of the victims stormed the office of the Gulu Resident District Commissioner Maj.
Santos Okot Lapolo asking him to intervene and arrest the conman.
In May, a group of youth from Acholi and Karamoja Sub
–Regions lost 55 million shillings to con men operating a dubious business
franchise in Gulu town.