Gulu Deputy Mayor Denied Bail

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A bail application by the Deputy Mayor of Gulu, Benson Kilara, has been rejected. Kilara, who is on remand accused of corruption and abuse of office, will remain in jail until January 19th. Kilara and the Assistant Town Clerk of Layibi Division, Denis Okongo, are accused of embezzling 11 million shillings intended for the purchase of land. This morning Kilara's lawyer, Judith Rooms of Oroma and Company Advocates, filed a bail request at the Gulu Grade One Magistrate's Court. In response, Brenda Kimbugwe, the prosecutor from the office of the Inspector General of Government, argued that the release of the two men would jeopardize the case. She said the two men were influential enough to tamper with vital evidence. Joan Aciro, the presiding magistrate, assented to the prosecution's request to reject the bail appeal. Christopher Achire, the Mayor of Gulu, was at court to witness his deputy's trial. Speaking after court was adjourned, he said the motive behind Kilara's arrest was suspect. Achire said Kilara was a mere witness to the botched purchase of land and had no hand in the financial transaction that led to the loss of millions. //Cue in: iWe the politicians #i Cue out: i# stood witness.i// Benson Kilara was one of five people who witnessed the land purchase deal. The others are Others are the Town Treasurer Edward Ojok, Land Supervisor Agnes Oyella, Land Surveyor Concy Auma and Environment Officer James Ocaka. Kilara's relatives and friends have hired another lawyer to apply for his bail at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.