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Kitgum Committee Chairperson Detained Over Theft of Government Motorcycle

Police in Kitgum district on Monday detained the chairperson of committee of Works, Roads and Water over theft of government motorcycle registration number LG 0004 – 56.
03 Jun 2014 07:28

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Police in Kitgum district on Monday detained the chairperson of committee of Works, Roads and Water over theft of government motorcycle registration number LG 0004 – 56.

 

Denis Ochama, the Kitgum district Police Commander said Peko Charles was arrested in order to forcefully recover a government motorcycle that he had held onto illegally for the last two years.

 

Ochama said Peko ignored all requests to return the motorcycle to the district engineering department through Police and that the only way to recover the vehicle was to arrest him first.

 

The outspoken Labongo Akwang sub county representative was detained for hours before telling Police that the motorcycle was at a washing bay from where it was recovered in the afternoon. Fellow councilors pleaded with Police to him release on bond.

 

A letter dated May 16th, 2014 by Bongomin Patrick, the district Engineer to the Chief Administrative Officer (ACO) pointed out how the absence of the motorcycle in the engineering department had greatly affected the inspection and supervision of ongoing road works in the district.

 

It said the motorcycle belongs to the road inspector who supervises roads works under forced account. He said Peko borrowed the motorcycle on mutual understanding to transport a patient in critical condition to St. Joseph’s Hospital but never returned it despite repeated reminders.

 

David Omulangira Okuraja, the Kitgum district Chief Administrative Officer, told Police in a letter dated May 19th that the recovery of the motorcycle had proven difficult. He requested Police to help recover and return the motorcycle to his office for possible reallocation.

 

According to Omulangira, Peko Charles had disregarded strict guidelines for utilization, operation and maintenance issued by the Ministry of Works and Transport that procured the motorcycle.

 

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network from Kitgum Police Station shortly after he was released on bond, Peko admitted receiving information to return the motorcycle.  Citing foul play, he said his arrest was politically motivated because of a recent fight he waged against widespread corruption in the water department.

 

//cue in ((English)) “This is political…

             Cue out “………they want”//

 

//cue in ((Luo)) “Last week………

           Cue out “…….the district”//

 

Peko Charles attracted headlines recently when he told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on local government that public funds are being eaten in the names of boreholes drilled by NGOs but are being rebranded by district officials.

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