Lira Municipal Deputy Town Clerk Surrenders To CID Top story

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Ogweng, whose arrest was sanctioned by Lt Col. Edith Nakalema, the Commandant of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit last week, is wanted for commissioning and supervising the handover of a contract for the management of Lira Coronation Park to Saving Grace Investment in disregard of procurement laws.

The Lira Municipal Deputy Town Clerk, Patrick Ogweng has handed himself to the Criminal Investigations Directorate headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala. 




Ogweng is among Lira Municipal officials wanted by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit for alleged embezzlement and corrupt practices.

 


He was picked up by a team of detectives attached to the unit around St. Kizito Primary in Lira town on Monday afternoon but managed to escape.  




It is alleged that after his arrest, Ogweng asked the detectives to allow him grab some tablets from the Reproductive Health Uganda clinic along Obote Avenue and left them in his vehicle.





He didn't return until Tuesday morning when he presented himself to the Criminal Investigations Directorate headquarters in Kampala where he recorded a statement.  






Ogweng, whose arrest was sanctioned by Lt Col. Edith Nakalema, the Commandant of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit last week, is wanted for commissioning and supervising the handover of a contract for the management of Lira Coronation Park to Saving Grace Investment in disregard of procurement laws.



He is among several public officials picked up the unit following public hearings in Lira, Alebtong, Dokolo and Amolatar districts on various corruption allegations.   



Nakalema has ordered for the immediate transfer of Fred Walter Minyang, a councilor at Lira Municipal council. 




Minyang was arrested on Monday for allegedly threatening violence against one of the residents identified as Mike Adoko whom he accuses of supplying overwhelming evidences against him to the unit.    



Prior to his arrest on Monday, Minyang was first interrogated and detained for forging letters but was released on police bond. 





Mike Ogwal, the Kakoge Parish councilor is excited about the arrest of the officials, saying it will serve as lessons to other corrupt officials.




The officials are accused of flouting procurement procedures, commissioning and conducting illegal transactions on behalf of the council.  

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.