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Two Impostor 'Journalists' Arrested for Soliciting Bribes

Two men masquerading as journalists have been arrested at St. Marys College Aboke in Kole district where they were demanding for a bribe. The suspects are Elly Apenyo and Denis Ogwal, both residents of Lira town.
Two men masquerading as journalists have been arrested at St. Mary's College Aboke in Kole district where they were demanding for a bribe.

The suspects are Elly Apenyo and Denis Ogwal, both residents of Lira town.

Apenyo first worked with Rhino FM, a Lira based local station before he was sacked for receiving bribes from sources. He later joined Radio Lira from where he was also sacked early this year for alleged misconduct, among others demanding for bribes from sources.

Meanwhile, Denis Ogwal was a freelancer reporter with the Vision Group attached to Rupiny Newspaper until early this year when he was sacked for receiving bribes from sources.

The two have all along been moving together, attending workshops and other public events where they demand for rewards from sources. Apenyo has been masquerading as a writer for Uganda Radio Network whereas Ogwal poses as reporter for QFM, a local radio station in Lira.

Their luck however ran out on Sunday, when they went to attend a press briefing organised by members of the Aboke Girls Old Students Association. The organisers expressed their discontent on the accountability of funds raised from the public to fund the ceremony to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the school.

Esther Amadi, one of the members reportedly accused the school authorities of misappropriating part of the money that was raised for the anniversary celebrations held last week.

This prompted the two suspects to book for an interview with Sr. Susan Nganga, the headmistress of St. Mary's College Aboke.

According to Sr. Nganga, the two arrived in her office at about 1:30pm and introduced themselves as reporters for Uganda Radio Network and QFM respectively. They demanded a response from her following accusations that the school management misappropriated funds meant for the anniversary celebrations.

She said before she could respond, however, they were quick to demand for money in order for them to "kill" the story.

Sr. Nganga said before they could tell her how much they wanted, she demanded them to show proof of their identities and where they work by providing work identification documents which they did not have.

She said she became curious prompting her to contact Uganda Radio Network and QFM to inquire whether they are staff there but they all denied knowledge about the two.

Frank Oyugi, the News Manager QFM told Uganda Radio Network Ogwal has neither worked with them as a staff nor as a freelancer.  Uganda Radio Network also dissociates itself from Apenyo.

Sr Nganga immediately called the soldiers of the Uganda People's Defence Forces manning the security of the school who arrested the two and took them to a detach near the school. They recorded statements before they were transferred to Aboke Police Station where they are being detained.

Justine Owiny, the officer in charge of Aboke police station confirmed their arrest.

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