Seven Maracha district officials whisked to Kampala for trial

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi           June 17, 2022

MARACHA. At least seven officials implicated of abuse of office and misappropriation of Shs1.9 billion meant for the construction of Kololo Public Seed Secondary School in Tara Sub County, Maracha district were on Friday morning whisked by the State House Anti- Corruption team to Kampala.
The officials who were arrested on Tuesday and Thursday this week are expected to be produced in court anytime next week.
Police identified the officials as Timothy Ezati, the District Engineer, Flavia Osoa, the District Education Officer, Paul Abiribale, the District Internal Auditor, Stephen Chandia, the Chief Finance Officer, Nolah Avako, the Senior Environment Officer.
Others are William Oneti, the Site Engineer and Christopher Okumu, the then Maracha District Chief Administrative Officer who was supposed to be picked from his new duty station, Pakwach District on the fateful day since he was on the list of those to be arrested.
However, it was later reported that when the State House Anti-Corruption team reached Pakwach, they found Okumu had already gone ahead to Kampala where he is likely to hand over himself to the team thus bringing the number of the officials arrested over the saga to seven.
The officials were officially handed over to the State House Anti-Corruption team with their files by the police attached to the West Nile region. The relatives and close friends of the suspects were seen weeping as the officials boarded a waiting State House van at Arua CPS.
Josephine Angucia, the Wet Nile Police said the suspects will soon appear before the courts of law to answer charges of abuse of office and misappropriation of government funds.
Angucia, however, noted that many officials whose signatures featured on the payment certificate are still at large, adding that efforts have been intensified to ensure that they are all arrested and brought to book.
In 2019, the government disbursed shs1.9billion to the district for the construction of different school buildings at Kololo Public Seed SS within a period of one, but to date, none of the structures is complete.
Some of the structures have remained at beam level while others are in a visible shoddy state with falling ceiling boards made out of eucalyptus trees.
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