The Police in Soroti has arrested Moses Okiring
Ebaku, the suspected mastermind of the missing Emyooga money in Gweri County.
Okiring was arrested on Sunday night from his hideout in
Oderai cell, Soroti City.
Patrick Oumu, the Resident District Commissioner said Okiring was first sighted in Pamba Ward where he was drinking in
the evening but he quickly disappeared after sensing danger.
He was later tracked and found in his rented room in Oderai.
Okumu says they have interrogated the suspect and their primary goal is to
recover the missing funds.
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Okiring is accused of stealing more than 58 million
shillings meant for three groups in Gweri County under Emyooga program which was withdrawn from the bank.
The affected groups under investigations include; Gweri Women
Entrepreneurs SACCO, Gweri County Boda- Boda SACCO and Gweri Taxi Operators
Okiring, is said to be a trainer in business management
skills who took advantage of the trainings to access details of groups for his
Before his arrest, the police had arrested group leaders of
Gweri Women Entrepreneurs SACCO, Gweri County Boda- Boda SACCO and Gweri Taxi
Meanwhile, the state Minister for Teso Affairs, Dr. Clement
Kenneth Obote Ongalo has asked for expeditious investigations into the alleged
mismanagement of Micro Projects supported by the Office of the Prime Minister-
OPM in Katakwi district.
The projects supported by Teso Affairs Ministry across the
districts of Teso sub- region was allegedly mismanaged by the District
Community Development Officer, DCDO, Catherine Tino in Katakwi. The officer
failed to account for UGX. 10.6 million for Aleles Parish SACCOs in Akoboi Sub
It is alleged that Tino’s failed to account for the missing
10 million shillings for Aleles Parish in Akoboi Sub County when the group
received only 20 million shillings instead of the 30 million shillings earlier
promised and documented by the group members and the district officials. The
officer is again reported to have solicited between 80,000 to 100,000 shillings
from every group while helping members to access their money from the bank in
Soroti. The unsuspecting members were told that the money was meant to
facilitate the officer’s travel and lunch from Katakwi to Soroti.
In his August 13th, 2021 letter to the RDC of
Katakwi, Ongalo says that corruption in the government projects undermines the
goal and objectives of the program.
“The purpose of this letter therefore, is to request you to work
with the Police to investigate these allegations and if the officer is found
culpable, should be subjected to the due process of the law. In the
meantime, the officer should be interdicted to pave way for the investigations," said Ongalo in his letter.
When contacted for the comment on the matter, Seraphine
Alia, the CAO Katakwi said he was busy in the meeting.