GISO Jailed Three Years for Obtaining Money by False Pretence

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Oyugi and John Bosco Akore, the Secretary Kotido District Cultural Elders Council are accused of soliciting a bribe of 2.2 million shillings from a defilement suspect Peter Oumo.

Kotido Grade One Magistrate's Court has sentenced Benedict Oyugi, the Gombolola Internal Security Officer (GISO) and John Bosco Akore to three years in Prison for obtaining money by false pretence.

Oyugi and John Bosco Akore, the Secretary Kotido District Cultural Elders' Council are accused of soliciting a bribe of 2.2 million shillings from a defilement suspect Peter Oumo.


According to prosecution, Oyugi approached Oumo and his brother only identified as Lokona and another, Peter Toyan with pretext to obtain cash to facilitate them meet unidentified court official in Kotido to return the file to Kotido.

The accused persons had reportedly said that the file had been sent to Kampala and they needed to return it to Kotido and that the court official demanded 2.2 million shillings.

While delivering the judgement on Tuesday, Grade I Magistrate, Phillip Nzwebe said the conduct of the two officers was a bad example to their children and others. Nzwebe said that he was giving a deterrent sentence because they abused their positions to con money from innocent and poor members of the community.       

The Kotido Resident State Attorney, Anthony Obwonyo Jabwor had asked court for 4-year jail sentence on grounds that the two held high offices in society.

However, Nzwebe said he had considered the fact that both convicts have responsibilities and are sole breadwinners in their respective homes.