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Gulu High School headteacher remanded over Shs 600m theft

Gulu High court official in court

Gulu High court official in court

The Anti-Corruption court has remanded Gulu High School headteacher, Paul Kennedy Picho, and the former accountant, Bertin Geoffrey Okema, to Luzira Prison on charges of causing financial loss.

The two appeared before the Anti-Corruption court grade one magistrate Christopher Opit on Monday on five counts. The court heard that between April 30, 2019, and August 8, 2019, at Stanbic Bank Gulu branch, Picho and Okema, along with others still at large, withdrew Shs 336.3 million, which was wrongly credited into the school's account, and utilized it for personal gain, knowing or having reason to believe that such actions would cause financial loss to the bank.

These funds were purportedly meant for Gayaza High School. It was also alleged that they withdrew Shs 329.9 million from the school account between February 8 and 15, 2018, for their benefit.

Additionally, the court heard that Picho, along with Lukwiya Santo, the school bursar who has yet to be apprehended, conspired to defraud the bank of Shs 329 million between February 8, 2017, and February 2018, from the school's bank account.

Both Picho and Okema denied the charges against them. Senior state attorney Raymond Mugisa, leading the prosecution, informed the court that inquiries are ongoing and requested criminal summons to be issued against Lukwiya so he can be charged as well.

In response, Opit issued a criminal summons for Lukwiya and ordered Picho and Okema to be remanded until February 21, 2024. The accused individuals were arrested by detectives from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, led by Brigadier Henry Isoke.

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0 #1 Akot 2024-02-20 18:08
In what state will Uganda & its people be by the time Museveni dies of old age in post at +90 years of age?
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0 #2 kabayekka 2024-02-21 06:43
The only way to recover such a big amount of cash done intentionally by dodgy African banks is to have a medical surgeon in the court.

So that some fingers are cut off for the guilty nes plus the staff of the bank. They must continue to work until the money is completely recovered! It is unfortunate that such dodgy officials are politically NRM diehard.

If they had been on the opposition side against this long serving government, they would have seen fire and in prison for a very long time! The culprits would straight away be faced with treason charges!
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