Five Arua district officials have been arrested on charges of causing financial loss to the government worth over Shs 99 million through irregular gratuity payments.
Israel Echoku, Arua district principal human resource officer, Natal Opima, a senior accounts assistant, and three retired headteachers, Jackson Abidrabo, Mike Mulander Oliver, and Samuel Acidri Darlington were apprehended on Wednesday afternoon by officials from the Inspectorate of Government (IG).
In a statement released on the official X account (formerly Twitter), the IG said the suspects acted contrary to Section 20 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009, and caused financial loss to the government.
The individuals to whom double gratuity was irregularly paid were retired head teachers who are currently pensioners. Alfred Okuonzi, the Arua LC 5 chairperson said the alleged irregularities occurred before he assumed office between July 2019 and June 2020.