Former NUSAF Kitgum Boss Bailed

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The former Northern Uganda Social Action Fund boss in Kitgum, Fred Owot, has been released on bail after spending four weeks in jail. Owot and his former accounts assistant Alex Langoya are accused of causing financial loss of more than 491 million shillings to the NUSAF project in Kitgum. 10 other NUSAF employees and project beneficiaries were also jailed after an extensive investigation by the district leadership on the financial management of the program. Appearing at a High Court session presided over by Justice Remmy Kasule Owot and Langoya were charged with causing financial loss to government. They pleaded not guilty and were directed to pay a cash bond of three million shillings each to guarantee their bail. The two officers were ordered to report before the Grade One Magistrate's Court in Kitgum on the 21st day of next and were instructed not to leave the country. Investigations into the running of NUSAF were ordered by President Yoweri Museveni in September when he visited northern Uganda. Since then, numerous senior NUSAF officers, including the Executive Director of the multi-billion shilling program, Christopher Laker.