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Police Arrest Bugiri District Service Commission Impostor

Trouble for Musenero started when several job seekers from Bugiri district and the surrounding areas, presented police detectives with phone conversations where the suspect would ask them to pay money to facilitate their recruitment into government service.

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Ismael Musenero, a wholesale trader in Bugiri municipality is in trouble for allegedly masquerading as a member of the Bugiri District Service Commission to extort money from job seekers. He is locked up at Bugiri central police station awaiting prosecution following his arrest Tuesday.

Trouble for Musenero started when several job seekers from Bugiri district and the surrounding areas, presented police detectives with phone conversations where the suspect would ask them to pay money to facilitate their recruitment into government service. 

Most of the victims claimed to have paid the suspect between Shillings 1 and 5 million mid last year for jobs in vain. However, after making several empty promises, he cut off communication. His arrest followed a complaint filed by Hadijah Nabirye at the Bugiri police station who accused the suspect of extorting Shillings 1 million from her in exchange for a job, which he never did. 

Nabirye, a volunteer nurse at Bugiri municipal council health center III told journalists that after seeing adverts on the district noticeboard, she applied for a nursing job. She says two days later, Musenero approached her and asked for money to facilitate her recruitment. On failure to get the job, Nabirye approached the local government, which disowned Musenero as an impostor prompting her to search for him. 

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Davidson Mulumba, the Bugiri district LC V chairperson, says that they resolved to disband the district service commission early this year following endless complaints of corruption, which were later confirmed by police investigations.

Mulumba adds that they instituted another committee with the deputy chief administrative officer-Wilson Kabweru as the secretary in mid-April, 2022 and the new members resolved to weed out middlemen to ensure transparency throughout the job recruitment exercises. 

The Busoga East Regional Police Spokesperson, Diana Nandawula, says that they have opened up a general enquiry file where they are collecting complaints from the affected people to ease the prosecution process.  

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