According to the petition, Okello was appointed as an examination scout working under a team led by Commissioner CID Administration, Richard Mwesigye. The team is said to have arrested two teachers from Seeta Junior School only identified as Ekaju and Odeke on November 5, 2019.
Minister for Higher Education, John C Muyingo
National Examinations Board-UNEB has disowned Richard Okello, a purported
examination scouts accusing the Higher Education State Minister, John C Muyingo
for causing his arrest for allegedly exposing examination malpractice at his
school. Okello teaches English at Seeta Junior School, which belongs to the
petition drafted by his lawyers of Alliance Advocates led by Richard Okallany, Okello accuses Muyingo of
causing his arrest because he exposed a case of examination malpractice at Seeta
Junior during the just concluded Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE.
lawyers want the Director of Public Prosecutions, Justice Mike Chibita to order
for the immediate release of their clients who has spent eight days at Jinja
Road Police Station.
"It has been more than 8 days since my client was
arrested. He has not been produced in court yet he has been transported from
one police station to another. This is a gross violation of his
constitutional rights and his presumption of innocence. We want the DPP to use
his powers and have my client released," Okallany says.
argue that Okello was wrongly arrested and charged with impersonation on
grounds that he isn’t a qualified teacher and extorting money from two
colleagues suspected to have been involved in examination malpractice.
to the petition, Okello was appointed as an examination scout working under a
team led by Commissioner CID Administration, Richard Mwesigye. The team is said
to have arrested two teachers from Seeta Junior School only identified
as Ekaju and Odeke on November 5, 2019. Two police officers identified as
Mayende and Mafabi are said to have worked with Okello to arrest the two
The petition also indicates that teacher's
mobile phones were checked shortly after their arrest and found to have
circulated leaked English examination scripts on watsapp to several schools
including Global Junior Mukono, Mukono Junior School and Shiloh Primary School,
heard that two of his teachers were arrested on charges of examination
malpractice, he pushed for their release on Police bond. The two teachers were
later released,” reads the petition.
the UNEB, the Executive Secretary, Dan Odongo has disowned Okello. "It
has come to our attention that there is information circulating on social media
about a whistle blower who has been arrested. We don’t know any purported scout
identified at Richard Okello. We do not have any knowledge of him," Odongo
Adding that, “No UNEB scout has been arrested. There have not been
any cases of Examination
malpractice apart from a few concerning impersonation in Buikwe." Okallany
insists that UNEB is protecting Muyingo. He says the examination body should
work towards investigating the said examination malpractice.
"They are protecting the minister but we
shall show the truth. Examination malpractice took place and instead of trying
to get to the bottom of the issue, they are trying to sweep it under the
table," Okallany said. Adding that,”Okay, if my client is not a UNEB scouts, does that
change the fact that those teachers arrested were found cheating exams? They
need to focus on examination malpractice."
Efforts by URN to speak to Muyingo were futile. The
Public relations officer for the Seeta Schools-including Seeta Junior School,
Eiden Tamale, declined to comment on the matter, saying the school isn’t willing
to release any information about what is happening.
"We have a Richard Okello employed by the
school but we are reluctant to release any other information. The head teacher
of the school has decided to wait for the minister to come back from an
overseas trip. When he comes back, he will address the nation about what is
circulating on social media," Tamale said.