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Lyantonde Magistrate arrested for Corruption

Reuben Bainomujuni, the Southern Region Inspector of Government says Karakiire is accused of receiving a bribe from George Agaba, a Lyantonde businessman recently arrested for failure to service his loan offered to him by unidentified Lyantonde District official
Steven Karakiire, a Grade II magistrate in Lyantonde has been arrested for alleged bribery.

Detectives attached to the office of the Inspector General of Government picked Karakiire outside Kyazaanga court on Friday, moments after he allegedly received one million shillings to convert a criminal case into a civil case.

Reuben Bainomujuni, the Southern Region Inspector of Government says Karakiire is accused of receiving a bribe from George Agaba, a Lyantonde businessman recently arrested for failure to service his loan offered to him by unidentified Lyantonde District official.

According to Bainomujuni, Karakiire solicited for one million shillings from Agaba as an inducement to change his criminal case into a civil case. He explains that upon getting that information, detective rushed to Kyazaanga court where Karakiire had asked Agaba to hand over the money to him.

Bainomujuni says detective arrested Karakiire about 5minutes after receiving the money which his officers had marked as an exhibit. According to Bainomujuni, Karakiire failed to explian why he had received the money.

Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern Region Police Spokesperson says Karakiire has been transferred to the anti corruption court in Kampala and will be charged with bribery. He explains that Karakiire is suspected of having committed a crime by receiving an inducement yet is a civil servant.

Karakiire, who was dressed in a  black suit challenged the detectives to explain why they had tricked him to commit what he described as a sin yet he was very broke.

The detectives simply captured him and ordered him to enter their pick up car and they drove off.

Last month, several Lyantonde residents accused Karakiire of incompetence because of his failure to hear their cases. The residents including Eria Ssewangigi, the Lyantonde Town Council LC3 Chairman claimed that Karakiire had become a serial corrupt magistrate.

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