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.
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.