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Lira Anti-Corruption Demonstrators Out on Bond

The Lira District Police Commander, Joel Tubanone, says police have temporarily preferred charges of organizing an illegal assembly against the group and released them on bond after presenting substantive sureties.
Lira DPC Joel Tubanone during the operation against the Monday demonstration
Six anti-corruption activists picked up by police in Lira town on Monday are out on bond. They are Patrick Okwir, the National Resistance Movement-NRM Chairperson Bar Sub County, Solomon Okello, Jonal Okot, Titus Ogwal, Sam Ojok and Mike Ogwal, a councilor at Lira Municipal council.

The Lira District Police Commander, Joel Tubanone, says police have temporarily preferred charges of organizing an illegal assembly against the group and released them on bond after presenting substantive sureties. He cautions youths in Lira district against getting involved in illegal assemblies, saying they should follow the right procedures to express their grievances.

The activities were picked up on Monday when they stormed the streets to protest high corruption levels among civil servants in Lira municipality. They carried placards with anti-corruption messages and called on President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to intervene and save them from the theft of public funds by civil servants.

Jonal Okot, one of the activists, says they had been ordered to report at Lira Central Police Station on October 30th, 2018. Patrick Okwir, the National Resistance Movement-NRM Chairperson Bar Sub County, a key organizer of the demonstration, said they are protesting the continued theft of public funds by the civil servants.

He cited Shillings 20 million meant for roads that was paid into the private account of

Jimmy Otim, an estate officer at Uganda Technical College in Lira. Police are currently investigating how the money ended up on Otim's accounts and have since opened a General Enquiry File number 28/2018 at Lira Central Police station.

The Lira Town Clerk, Assy Abireebe, Lira Municipal town clerk says the money was erroneously sent to Otim's account. "The said sum of money was requested by our Engineer Jimmy Otim to conduct roads survey but instead it was paid erroneously to the account of Otim Jimmy, an estate worker at UTC-Lira," Abireebe said.