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8 Moroto District Officials Released on Bond

Charles Denaya, the officer in- charge Moroto Central Police Station, says that the officials were released on Wednesday. He, however, says that Dr Phillip Akunguru, the staff at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital who is accused of stealing drugs and conducting illegal procedures including removal of uteruses is still in custody.
Some of the officials arrested by Lt. Col. Nakalema in Moroto.
Eight officials of Moroto District arrested by State House Anti- Corruption Unit have been released on bond. 

They include the Principal Hospital Administrator, Godfrey Mawa, Senior Hospital Administrator, Joseph Otim, Hospital Human Resource Officer, Denis Katinda, Hospital Procurement Officer, Ronald Opio and Hospital Accountant, Joyce Faleya. 

Others are Moroto District Planner, Pollar Opio, Acting District Water Officer, Geoffrey Olaka and the District Procurement Officer, Joseph Maruk. 

Charles Denaya, the officer in- charge Moroto Central Police Station, says that the officials arrested on Tuesday were released on Wednesday. He, however, says that Dr Phillip Akunguru, of Moroto Regional Referral Hospital who is accused of stealing drugs and conducting illegal procedures including removal of uteruses is still in custody. 

“We granted eight officers police bond last evening but Dr Akunguru’s case has more issues that the team on the ground want to establish before police bond may be considered. Even these other officials are still under investigations by the State House Anti- Corruption Unit”, he said. 

On Wednesday, the State House Anti- Corruption Unit interrogated each of the officials in custody and carried them to their respective offices for documents regarding complaints under investigations. 

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the unit ordered for the arrest of 12 officials including police officer in charge criminal investigations in Moroto, Judith Nantale. But URN has learnt that Nantale was neither detained nor interrogated after Nakalema’s departure.

One of the police officers says that Nantale continued with her duties especially in clearing the misunderstanding. 

Nantale was faulted by the Nakalema for failing to act on RDC’s instructions of investigating illegal procedures by Dr Akunguru. It is alleged that Dr Akunguru has been conducting operations at his clinic located in Nakapelimen by removing uteruses and other procedures without the knowledge of patients or their next of kin.

The State House Anti- Corruption team is in Tapac Sub County today to verify with the boreholes that the district reportedly diverted from Nadunget Sub County. The district is accused of spending more than 200 million shillings for four boreholes in Nadunget and Rupa sub-counties, which boreholes were not at the site by the time of lodging the complaint.