Arua officials charged over corruption

Remanded. Former Arua Municipality town clerk Jamirlu Kasajja (left) and Arua Principal municipal treasurer Rajab Kamil Erejo after appearing before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO BY KELVIN ATUJAIRE

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  • Case. It is allged the officials led to diversion of more than Shs400m meant for road construction.

Kampala. Two senior officials of Arua Municipal Council, who are accused of abusing their offices, leading to diversion of more than Shs400m have been granted cash bail of Shs35m each.
The Kololo based Anti-Corruption Court before Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende also ordered Mr Jamirlu Kasajja Kairu and Mr Rajab Kamil Erejo to deposit their passports in court in order to have their travels regulated.
“I agree with the submissions of counsel (for the accused) that the charges are bailable and the sureties presented are substantial. I also agree with the state on no objection to bail and the prayer for stringent bail terms,” held Mr Nabende who bonded the five sureties at a non-cash fee of Shs500m each.
Mr Nabende adjourned the case to March 7 this year for mention upon the state submission that investigations were still ongoing.
Mr Kairu, the former Town Clerk of Arua Municipal Council, now serving in Kapchorwa Municipality and Arua Principal Treasurer, Mr Erejo, were yesterday arraigned before court a week after their arrest.
The suspects, who were driven to court in handcuffs, denied charges of alleged abuse of office, diversion of public resources and conspiracy to defraud.
The state alleges that during the financial year 2017/2018 at Arua Municipality in Arua District, in abuse of the authority of their respective offices, Mr Kairu and Mr Erejo did an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interest of their employer when they processed and converted Shs436,477,000 meant for road works to pay individual officers’ allowances.
It is alleged that the two suspects who were arrested on Wednesday last week, conspired to divert the said money.

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