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I stole government drugs because of no pay - clinical officer

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By  Robert Owot

Posted  Monday, July 14  2014 at  01:00

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He, however, regretted his action and asked for forgiveness arguing that being a first time offender and the breadwinner at home, he should be given a second chance.

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Pader- Police arrested a clinical officer attached to Pader Health Centre III on Thursday after he was allegedly caught stealing drugs from the centre.

Mr Denis Ocaya, a clinical officer, aged 27, was arrested at 10pm by a security guard at the health facility.

Pader District police commander, Mr Ambrose Sabiti, confirmed the arrest, adding that Mr Ocaya was caught with 10 boxes of latex examination gloves, and two boxes of syringes. Mr Ocaya owns a drug shop that is located at Corner Kilak in Pader Sub-county.

“Upon his arrest, a team of police officers were dispatched to search his home where more 13 boxes of latex examination gloves and other drugs were found,” Mr Sabiti said, adding: “He will be taken to court to be charged with stealing government property and abuse of office.”

In an interview with Daily Monitor, the suspect confessed that the items he picked from the facility was worth more than Shs100,000.

“I have missed my salary for the last three months and as the first born child of my father, with a lot of responsibilities of taking care of my siblings, I had no options apart from getting the government properties, sell and make ends meet.”

He, however, regretted his action and asked for forgiveness arguing that being a first time offender and the breadwinner at home, he should be given a second chance.

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