Army Officer Sacked For Mismanaging Operation Wealth Creation Program

2272 Views Mbale, Eastern Region, Uganda

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He says the UPDF high command has instituted a Commission of Inquiry consisting of senior army officers to investigate the allegations against Ogwale, who has been asked to step aside.

Lieutenant Colonel Josam Chris Ogwale, the Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator for Bugisu Sub Region has been sacked and transferred to Bombo Military headquarters for allegedly mismanaging the program.
 
 

Captain Denis Omara, the 3rd Division Public Relations Officer says Ogwale has been replaced by Lt. Col. George Mayeku. Omara explains that the high command of the Uganda People's Defense Forces - UPDF accuses Ogwale of indiscipline and breaching the Standard Operation procedure of the Operation Wealth Creation program.

 
 
He says the UPDF high command has instituted a Commission of Inquiry consisting of senior army officers to investigate the allegations against Ogwale, who has been asked to step aside.
 
  

A source that declined to be named for fear of being reprimanded told URN that Ogwale is accused of corruption and embezzlement. He claims that there are reports indicating that Ogwale has been soliciting bribes from those he contracts to supply items meant for distribution to farmers under the Operation Wealth Creation program.



According to the source, Ogwale's trouble started when he allegedly demanded for unspecified amount of money from an Indian businessman who he had contracted to supply farm input.



The Indian reportedly reported him to statehouse officials who decided to set up a trap for the army official.
 

Bernard Mujjasi, the Mbale District LC V chairman has welcomed the sacking of the army officer. Mujjasi says they had reportedly complained to the office of the president how the army officer had failed the Operation Wealth Creation in Bugisu. He is grateful the president has acted immediately.


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Attempts to get a comment from Ogwale were futile as he did not pick our repeated calls.

 

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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.