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Police Investigate Kalaki DSC Officials for Extorting Money from Job Applicants

The group includes Lorna Adur, the Secretary Kalaki District Service Commission and two Commissioners; Newton Dominic Enaru and Augustine Wood Elepu. The other is Cate Alilim, Kalaki District Environment Officer.
Sam Okello, Kalaki District Chairperson.

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The Police in East Kyoga is investigating four people including Commissioners and the staff of Kalaki District Local Government for extorting money from job applicants during recruitment.

The group includes Lorna Adur, the Secretary Kalaki District Service Commission and two Commissioners; Newton Dominic Enaru and Augustine Wood Elepu. The other is Cate Alilim, the Kalaki District Environment Officer.

Information from the Police in Kalaki indicates that the Commissioners allegedly received four million shillings, Adur received one million shillings and Alilim shillings 150,000 as bribes.

Oscar Gregg Ageca, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman says that they are investigating the group for extortion, abuse of office and other corruption-related offences. “True. They are being investigated for corruption as regards their jobs at part of DSC. They are currently on Police bond," says Ageca in a message to Uganda Radio Network (URN).

One of the sources in Kalaki district reportedly paid more than UGX. 4M for a job said that he offered the cash after several failed attempts to get a job. The source said that the last attempt was not only frustrating but fraudulent.

“I was the first person to apply for this job in the list of applicants who registered under the same position. But to my dismay, out of eleven applicants, one person was shortlisted for interviews. The shortlisted applicant didn’t only have the same qualifications as me but shared the same institution for training," said the source who did not want his name disclosed since the matter is under investigation.

The source claims that the shortlisted applicant paid more money for the job. “One of my relatives whom I consider a brother came to me. I handed him the money in addition to a cow to help lobby for the job but the offer was returned after two days, "  added the source. Some sources in Kalaki district indicate that the jobs are given to the highest bidders adding that those who pay less are reimbursed.

When contacted, Kalaki District Chairperson, Sam Okello said that he is interested in exposing the corrupt officials soliciting bribes. Okello is one of the persons named by our sources for allegedly soliciting bribes from job applicants.

“I don’t deal in rumours. Whoever knows that anyone picked up his/her money should report to the Police and then the person is arrested. Those are allegations I don’t respond to. those who picked the money were arrested, ” he said on phone.

During a function to hand over motorcycles to sub-county chairpersons in Soroti recently, the Minister of State for Local Government, Victoria Busingye Rusoke said that local government leaders are sitting on corruption cases, making the fight against the vice very difficult.

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