Four Get Three Year Jail Term for Stealing Mosquito Nets

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Four convicted and sentenced for three years imprisonments over theft of government free Mosquito nets in Soroti district.
The Grade one Magistrate, Aloysius Natwikuja on Thursday evening found the four guilty over mismanaging the distribution of mosquito nets.

Four men accused of stealing 20 mosquito nets meant for free distributions to residents of Soroti district are to spend the next three years in jail. They were found guilty and convicted to jail for three years on Thursday last week by Aloysius Natwikuja, the Soroti Grade one Magistrate. They are William Okello, a builder, Asuman Muzamira a broker, Alex Omoding, casual laborer and a student Calvin Ekaju, all residents of Kigandani and Moruapesur in Soroti municipality.

Prosecution heard that on 12th May while at Moruapesur in Eastern Division, the accused stole 20 mosquito nets valued at 200,000 meant donated by government for free distribution to residents.
The state asked court to find the suspects guilty and convict them to jail because their actions were frustrating government efforts to prevent malaria.

In her ruling, Aloysius Natwikuja, the Soroti Grade one Magistrate convicted the suspects to three years in jail saying their action would deny expectant mothers and children who were expected to benefit from the free mosquito nets. The arrest of the four men came few days after President Yoweri Museveni launched the free distribution of 25.5 million nets countrywide in Soroti district.

The state asked court to find the suspects guilty and convict them to jail because their actions were frustrating government efforts to prevent malaria. He warned to deal accordingly with whoever will mess the free mosquito nets distribution exercise.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.