Mbale Municipal PRO Arrested for Embezzlement

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In short
Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Region Police spokesperson told URN on Wednesday that Kutosi was arrested after receiving Ugx 3.2 million from the former Mbale Municipality speaker, Mike Nandala and promised to allocate him a plot of land at the Mbale Main Bus Park to construct a lockup.

James Kutosi, the Mbale Municipal Public Relations Officer is arrested for allegedly receiving money by false pretense. Kutosi who was arrested last evening after several botched attempts is now detained at Mbale Central Police Station.

It is alleged that Kutosi has been using his position to rip-off unscrupulous individuals under the guise of helping them to secure land in town.

Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Region Police spokesperson told URN on Wednesday that Kutosi was arrested after receiving Ugx 3.2 million from the former Mbale Municipality speaker, Mike Nandala and promised to allocate him a plot of land at the Mbale Main Bus Park to construct a lockup.

She said after receiving the money in September 2013, Kutosi failed to allocate him a plot as promised. He said Nandala has since been demanding for a refund. The matter was reported to police under file number CRB 2440/2014.

Nandawula said Kutosi was first arrested last month and granted bond after he agreed with the complainant to settle the matter out of the police. She said Kutosi who was expected to be reporting to police after every five days reportedly jumped his bond and also refused to heed to his promise of reimbursing the complainant.

He is expected in court later today.

This is not the first time Kutosi is being implicated and detained at police. On 14th April 2009 Kutosi was arrested for stealing a television set from the mayor's office.

Kutosi was then forced to return the TV before he was exonerated.
 
 

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.