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SIU Detectives Pick Up Soroti Head Teacher

Following his arrest Alomu was taken to Soroti Islamic Primary School, where the detectives inspected the newly constructed teacher’s quarters and renovated classroom with funding from the Japanese embassy.
Francis Alomu, the former head teacher Soroti Islamic Primary School is in trouble for alleged embezzlement and forgery. Alomu was picked up from his him in Omodoi village in Asuret Sub County in Soroti district on Thursday by detectives from the Special Investigations Unit headquarters. Following his arrest Alomu was taken to Soroti Islamic Primary School, where the detectives inspected the newly constructed teacher’s quarters and renovated classroom with funding from the Japanese embassy.

 

Information obtained by URN shows that the Japanese embassy donated 220 million shillings to Soroti Islamic Primary School to fund the construction of two teacher’s houses and renovation of a four classroom block. Ayub Waiswa, the OC CID Soroti Central Police Station says Alomu is wanted for embezzling 20 million shillings and forging the signature of Junji Yamazak, the deputy head of the Japanese embassy in Kampala.

He says the suspect is jointly accused together with others still at large he didn’t name. Waiswa says the suspect has been transferred to Kampala together with his file. The arrest of Alomu comes after he was interdicted in October by Peter Masiko, the Town Clerk Soroti Municipality over the same allegations. Masiko ordered Alomu to hand over officer and pave way for his investigations following numerous complaints of alleged mismanagement of the funds meant for the construction of classrooms and teacher’s quarters.

 

According to Masiko, the money paid to the contractor didn’t match the work on the ground. In his letter, Masiko accused Alomu of wiring to the contractor 39 million shillings in excess of what he was expected to receive.  He also claimed that the 19.5 million shillings retention fee was cashed before the project completion.  Records seen by our reporter indicate that the money was withdrawn in three transactions of 10 million shillings, 6 million and 3.5 million shillings respectively.

Another 39 million shillings was paid to the contractor for Plumbing and installing Electricity to the staff houses for no work done.  The anomalies weres discovered by an official from the Japanese embassy in Kampala when he visited the school in August last year to supervise the works. The contractor Denis Etiang died in a motor accident last year in December. However, before his arrest Alomu denied allegations of mismanaging the Japanese grant saying investigations will prove his innocence.

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