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Rakai Worker's Representative Arrested for Alleged Extortion

In his statement, Birinomutonzi claims that Kiwanuka approached him in March this year after submitting his application for a job in the ICT department. The suspect reportedly asked him to pay a bribe if he wished to get the job.
Achilles Musooka Kiwanuka, the Rakai District Workers representative has been arrested for alleged bribery and extortion.

He was picked up by police on Tuesday evening for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Shillings 1.7 million from Desire Birinomutonzi, a resident of Kifamba Sub County with promises of helping him secure a job in the district’s Information Technology Department.

In his statement, Birinomutonzi claims that Kiwanuka approached him in March this year after submitting his application for a job in the ICT department. The suspect reportedly asked him to pay a bribe if he wished to get the job.   

“By April, he had received the amount he wanted from me and he said there was even no need of advertising the job because he had a great influence among the officials at the district headquarters and the District Service Commission," he noted. 

According to Birinomutonzi, he waited for his appointment in vain prompted to start chasing Kiwanuka who had tossed him several times. He decided to report the matter to Authorities including police for seek redress. 

"My suspicion rose when Mr. Kiwanuka started rejecting my calls in early August. I decided to report to Police so that I'm at least paid back my little money", he noted.  

Birinomutonzi claims that Kiwanuka conned several other job applicants in a similar manner and promised to collaborate with police to produce evidence against the suspect.  

Benson Nuwamanya, the Rakai District Police Commander confirms the arrest, saying they have also opened a general inquiry on the bribery allegation leveled against Kiwanuka, adding that he will appear in court once polices investigations are complete. 

Robert Benon Mugabi, the Rakai District chairperson condemned the alleged conduct of the councilor, saying they will also conduct internal investigations over the same.