Northwestern Police Boss Accused Of Diverting Food Worth Shs 200 Million

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The Regional Police Commander for northwestern region Samuel Okot is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging posho and beans meant for the police officers during the February 2011 general elections.

The Regional Police Commander for northwestern region Samuel Okot is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging posho and beans meant for the police officers during the February 2011 general elections.
 
This comes after junior cops lodged complaints against the RPC accusing him of mismanaging over 200 bags of posho and beans sent from the police headquarters. The items are worth 200 million shillings.
 
According to the complaints, RPC Okot connived with a store man identified as Jimmy Tekwo to sell the 200 bags each at 70.000 shillings. Tekwo is also under investigation.
 
Alfred Matua, regional police professional standards unit (PSU) officer based in Arua, confirmed that the RPC is being investigated but declined to give more information. He said the matter is being handled by the police headquarters.
 
According documents availed to Uganda Radio Network from PSU regional offices in Arua, RPC Okot is facing two charges of stealing posho and beans and misappropriating over seven million shillings meant to facilitate police during the election period.

The documents indicate that the RPC used a vehicle belonging to Yumbe district police commander to steal the items. He reportedly sold them to various institutions in the region. Records further show that the officer used his official car and instructed his driver to take posho and beans to Pakwach secondary school in Nebbi district.
 
When contacted over the report, Okot denied any wrong doing. He confirmed that food was sent to the region but his role was only to issue it out to district police commanders and what happened to it after leaving the store was not his problem. On the seven million shillings he is alleged to have embezzled, the RPC says it is true the money was given but all the beneficiaries got their share and if there are any complaints they should be forwarded to his office.

During the election period, a police officer was entitled to an allowance of 120,000 from electoral commission but in Arua they were forced to sign for 20.000 shillings as per diem. The police officer claim the figure on paper was changed to 120.000 shillings.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

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Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.