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School Teacher in Kitgum Arrested over Theft of Text Books

Julius Peter Otto, the Omiya Anyima Sub-county LCIII Chairperson, who ordered for the arrest of the suspect, says he got a tip-off from concerned residents who had sighted him selling textbooks in bars on separate occasions.

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The Police in Kitgum District has arrested a primary school teacher of Kumele Primary school in Melong Parish, Omiya Anyima Sub-county over allegations of stealing textbooks.

The suspect is Quintonic Odong, who a primary seven teacher.  

Julius Peter Otto, the Omiya Anyima Sub-county LCIII Chairperson, who ordered for the arrest of the suspect, says he got a tip-off from concerned residents who had sighted him selling textbooks in bars on separate occasions.

Otto says a total of 18 textbooks used by pupils from the school library had disappeared under unknown circumstances since the re-opening of schools.

He notes that preliminary investigations reveal that the suspect had been selling the textbooks to fund his alcohol drinking in bars.

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//cue in: “Lapwony ni ocoko…

cue out:…kin go dong.”//

Translation“This teacher stole 18 textbooks and was selling them in bars to drink alcohol. Concerned community members called me and I immediately rushed there and arrested him, he is in detention and I will take him to court. How will he teach pupils if a teacher like him steals textbooks for pupils,?”

Irene Tushemerirwe, the Officer in Charge of Omiya Anyima Police Post says the suspect is being detained pending further investigation to establish the motive of his action.

She adds that the police have obtained exhibits of some of the textbooks the suspect allegedly stole and notes that he will be arraigned in court once the investigation is complete.

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