Soroti School Buses Still Under Police Custody

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However, since the buses were impounded a month ago, the school authorities have failed to clear the money and reclaim them.

Two buses belonging to Soroti Comprehensive school of Nursing are still under Police custody, a month after they were impounded over a debt. The ISUZU bus registration number UG 1952 E and a TOYOTA Coaster registration number 737 UCN were impounded on June 18 by a court bailiff over a debt of 100 million shillings.
 
It came after Green land company; a private contractor secured a court order to impound the buses after the school failed to pay him for supplying food to the school between 2007 and 2009. However, since the buses were impounded a month ago, the school authorities have failed to clear the money and reclaim them. Last month Green land published a notice in Daily Monitor threatening to auction the buses.
 
Ayub Waiswa, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations says that the buses are still parked at Soroti central Police station for safe custody.

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Margaret Ocokoru, the deputy Principal Soroti School of Comprehensive Nursing has declined to comment on the steps being taken to recover the buses saying the issue is being handled at the Ministry of Education and sports. Our reporter was unable to get a comment from the ministry about the impounded buses. Two senior officials contacted by the reporter declined to speak on the matter and declined to be quoted. 
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.