Amudat Residents Bothered by Theft Suspects’ Continued Stay in Office

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Not being very conversant with the elaborate legal process of establishing guilt in criminal matters, some residents of Amudat district in Karamoja are pushing the Chief Administrative Officer -CAO to throw three officer recently arrested on theft charges out of office.

Concerned and baffled, the residents have given the CAO two weeks to interdict three district officials who were arrested by police for alleged theft of a solar system installed by UN FAO in the district  production office to help in running fridges that cool animal vaccines in the district.

Earlier this month, three officials of Amudat district – Mr. Robert Kimanai’s the district production officer, Mr John Omax the officer in charge mechanics and Ms Maurine Apio were arrested after five stolen solar panels were found in the house of Mr.John Omax while other penels police recovered from Mr. Robert Kimanai’s home in Mbale.

The officials were later given police bond as their right and they resumed their duties, something that has not gone well with the locals who are saying allowing the three officials to continue being in their offices would jeorpadise police investigations.

Betty Chepokor, one of the concerned resident of Amudat Town council, wondered why the implicated officers have been allowed to occupy the offices yet police have not concluded with their investigations.

“Is it because the district production officer is related to the CAO of Amudat that they are not being interdicted?” she asked.

Paul Chelimo another concerned resident said they are wondering why the Chief administrative officer has refused to interdict the three officials implicated in the theft of solar system yet last year, he quickly interdicted one officer Mr. Robert Nangiro who was working as NAADs coordinator after he was found with suspected stolen seeds.

“We are giving CAO only two weeks to act failure to do which we shall go and padlock the office of the production officer and even the office of the CAO,” he said.

Joseph Nangat another resident calls upon the ministry of local governmnet to intervene in the issue of Amudat, saying the district is being run by people who have their personal interest.

Mr. Robert Kimanai when contact told URN, that he’s ready to be interdict if the evidence against him is available. 

“Am ready for whatever will come to me you know when you go into government you have to be ready for consequences,” he said.

Mr. Waiswa Masokonyi, the Chief administrative officer Amudat told URN that he was still  waiting for the report from police on how far their have gone with investigations.

“It’s not good to rush to interdict someone when the police has not concluded their investigations as it will bring about court issues,”he said.

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