Three grounded vehicles including one fuel tank were intercepted by Police in Kotido on Friday night as the they were being taken to Kampala.
The intercepted trucks carrying on grounded cars from Kotido district parked at Police station in Kotido district
The district engineer of Kotido, Paul Logole is in trouble following his attempt to illegally take some of the grounded
district vehicles to Kampala.
Three grounded vehicles including one fuel tank were intercepted
by Police in Kotido on Friday night as the they were being taken to
Steven Onen Chan, the Kidepo regional police commander
told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that the grounded cars were intercepted after the public making an
alarm demanding to know where the property of Kotido district was being taken
to at night.
“They called police and two lorries carrying the vehicles were intercepted. The district Engineer Logole is right now making his statement at Police,” said Onen Chan. The Kidepo regional police commander said investigations into the matter have started.
Joseph Lomongin, the chief Administrative officer Kotido
told URN that he never authorized any movement of anything vehicles belonging to Kotido
district local government.
“To me as the custodian of all the property of Kotido district
local government what has happened is theft. I have never signed any
document releasing anything belonging to Kotido district local government to go
out and I want to know who authorized it,” he said.
Lomogin said he will take necessary action using the
rules in the local government act to any officer involved in authorizing the
movement of the property of Kotido district without his permission as the chief
administrative officer,” he said.
John Longole, one of the Anti-corruption monitors in Kotido
said the theft of public asset in Kotido has been on going adding that the van
that the district acquired eight years back is also missing.
“Officers have been stealing many items of Kotido district
local government. I remember the district had a coaster and now it has disappeared,” he said.
Marry Nakut, another concerned resident said officials who
will be implicated in the theft of public property should be jailed and removed
from work. “These are the kind of people who are frustrating service
delivery by government to the people of Kotido, They are even paid salaries but
they are not contented with what they get,” she added.