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Treasurer of Community Project in Trouble for Theft of UGX 14.6M

According to information obtained by URN, Ombizoku Produce Buyers and Sellers Association received Shillings 21 million under Development Response to Displacement Impact Project-DRDIP from Arua district local government to support 15 members of the group to engage in income-generating activities and alleviate poverty.
Members of DRDIP project in Ajia Sub County during a meeting.

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Nesta Bako, the treasurer of Ombizoku Produce Buyers and Sellers Association in Arua district is in police custody for alleged theft of Shillings 14.6 million.

She reportedly withdrew the money from the association account for the implementation of three projects and embezzled it before fleeing into hiding. She was tracked down and arrested in Busunju in Mityana district early this week and transferred to Arua district to face the charges. 

According to information obtained by URN, Ombizoku Produce Buyers and Sellers Association received Shillings 21 million under Development Response to Displacement Impact Project-DRDIP from Arua district local government to support 15 members of the group to engage in income-generating activities and alleviate poverty.

 

Bako was tasked to withdraw Shillings 14.6 million to help the members buy beans, maize and pay for tree seedlings. She was left in charge of the money for two days as the members prepared to go shopping for the items.

However, to their surprise, Bako was nowhere to be seen when they went to her home to pick the money. Her husband, Owen Onzima, who was in the garden, informed the members that Bako had travelled to check on her sick mother.

He, however, said that when he called his mother-in-law he was told that Bako had not reached home. According to Onzima, he decided to call his brother-in-law who works in Mityana only to be told Bako was with him. He started tracking her leading to her arrest.

 

//Cue in: “I went with an army.…  

Cue out:…doing that is my home,” //  Nickson Adomati, one of the association members, says that they are happy that Bako was finally apprehended and they want is their money. Hudson Ocen, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, says that detectives are recording statements from witnesses to help in Bako’s prosecution.

 

// Cue in; The lady was arrested.… 

Cue out; granted police bond.…. //



 

Alfred Okuonzi, the LC 5 chairman of Arua district, who gave his vehicle to help fetch the suspect from where she was picked up has condemned her actions, saying will have to refund the money.  

//Cue in: “When the matter reached.…

Cue out:…overall cost of 14 million,”//

 

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