The suspect is identified as Fred Tsekoko, was arrested after one Scovia Mugala, a resident of Rwahaha Town Council filed a complaint implicating him for soliciting a bribe of 2 million Shillings to help her secure a job as an enrolled midwife, which had been advertised by the district Service Commission last year.
Police in Namisindwa District is holding a Sub County Chief for allegedly extorting money from a job seeker. The suspect is identified as Fred Tsekoko, the chief of Namitsa Sub County.
Tsekoko was arrested after one Scovia Mugala, a resident of Rwahaha Town Council filed a complaint implicating him for soliciting a bribe of two million Shillings to help her secure a job as an enrolled midwife, which had been advertised by the district Service Commission last year.
Mugala alleges that Tsekoko had told her that the money would be shared among commissioners. She says that despite paying that money, she never got the job.
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Mugala further alleges that Tsekoko has a clique of people that helps him to extort money from Job seekers and transfer it to one of the commissioners in the District Service Commission. She identified the Commissioner as Apollo Wapicho, who she allegedly met before the money was handed over.
Tsekoko acknowledged receiving money from Mugala but hastened to add that he was acting on guidance from Desmond Wakwenya, the secretary at the district that jobs would only go to those who had paid some money. He says that after the applicant was rejected by the commission, he asked for a refund but only received a down payment of 900,00 Shillings from the Secretary.
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But Wakwenya denied connections with the duo but stated that he was aware of an exchange of money between the two individuals. But Mugala presented to the police a recording between him and Wakwenya who was pleading for more time to clear the payment. In the recording, Wakwenya is heard saying that he had refunded 1.3 million Shillings through the Sub County chief.
Police declined to comment on the matter. Livingstone Ssendikadiwa, the Namisindwa district Police Commander referred our reporter to the Police Spokesperson.
Namisindwa District Chairperson George William Wopuwa says that investigations into the allegations, and several cases of extortion, were underway.
On Monday, a group of anti-corruption crusaders mobilized residents to storm the district headquarters to express their dissatisfaction with the recruitment process and demand the cancellation of the recruitment process. The Protest was cancelled and staged for Friday but Police deployed heavily in the district.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.