ADJUMANI. Police in Adjumani district has finally arrested the town council physical planner who had allegedly gone into hiding following complaints by the town clerk.
The town clerk, Mr. Samuel Lagu early this week registered a case of forgery against Ms. Immaculate Atimango and Mr. Bosco Izama, the principal town agent at Adjumani central police station.
He alleged that the two officers forged council revenue receipts, an act that led to the loss of taxpayers’ money.
Police later arrested Izama as Atimango remained elusive in an unknown place.
But on Wednesday, her luck ran out when the police detectives under the command of the criminal intelligence and investigations officer, Mr. Yassin Mbowa arrested her from her hideout in Adjumani town council.
The acting Adjumani district police commander, Mr. Jackson Maumbe confirmed the arrest of the duo whom he said are now facing anti-corruption charges.
Maumbe said police acted on a complaint that was registered by Mr. Lagu who accused the two of forging council revenue receipts and causing a colossal loss of over shs80m to the council.
But Atimango who appeared calm at Adjumani central police station believes she is a sacrificial lamb who is supposed to be treated as a witness since she had produced evidence against Izama.
Atimango’s father, Mr. Gaudence Okong Japyem said her daughter is innocent and expressed disappointment to police for failing to grant her a bond which he noted is a constitutional right.
According to Maumbe, the suspects will not be released on bail because the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has taken over the investigations and that police is simply providing custody for them.
During a recent open community accountability session held at the mayor’s garden and chaired by Gen Moses Ali, residents of Adjumani town council accused the town council revenue officials of fleecing taxpayers.
Moses Ali accordingly, vowed to track and ensure such errant government officials are brought to book.