The suspects were apprehended on Monday following a tip-off from residents who acted on suspicion when people purported to be thieves were seen the previous night ferrying iron sheets from the school. Upon inquiries, it was discovered that the padlock to the school store had no sign of breakage yet the keys were always in the head teacher's possession.
Police in Pader is holding the head
teacher of Tumalyec Primary School in Laguti Sub County over the alleged theft
of the school’s iron sheets.
suspect identified as David Oyaro and an accomplice, Okello Katerega, are both held at Laguti police outpost for the alleged theft of 11 pieces of
school iron sheets.
Laguti Sub County incoming Chairperson Christopher Mwaka says that the theft happened on Sunday night when unknown personnel opened the school stores and swiftly
transported the iron sheets to Laguti Trading Centre.
The suspects were apprehended on Monday following a tip-off from residents
who acted on suspicion when people purported to be thieves were seen the
previous night ferrying iron sheets from the school. Upon inquiries, it was discovered that the padlock to the
school store had no sign of breakage yet the keys were always in the head teacher's possession.
It was later discovered that the same iron sheets were in a shop belonging to Kateregga. However, he told the police that they were sold to him by the school headteacher. The stolen items were part of 100
iron sheets that were reportedly procured by the sub-county for renovating a
classroom block whose roofs were blown off due to erratic strong winds and
rains in 2016.
Luo //Cue in; “headteacher me…
Cue out….primary school.”//
The headteacher denied the theft claims saying the iron sheets were part of the items that were recently placed for disposal under the recommendations of the School Management Committee.
the Chairperson of the School Management Committee Richard Oyoo refuted the head teachers’ confessions saying that the
institution’s authorities had never convened any meeting in regards to the
purported disposal of school property. Oyoo instead implicated the suspect for engaging
in fraudulent practices citing a recent allegation where he reportedly sold
bricks and sand that had been solicited from
parents to construct teachers’ houses to a local contractor.
Luo //Cue in; “Lapwony eni ni…
Cue out…odong kenyu.”//
Pader District Education Officer
Francis Olwoch revealed that his office was not yet aware of that incident. He, however, condemned the
incident saying it’s contravenes the professional code of the conducts and
ethics, and is divergent to the public service standing orders.
A police source that preferred anonymity says
that a criminal file case has been opened and
upon conclusion of investigations, the suspects will be charged with theft and
abuse of office.