Former Gulu High School Officials Remanded For Defrauding Over UGX 336 Million

Former Gulu High School Officials Remanded For Defrauding Over UGX 336 Million

By Spy Uganda

Kampala: This afternoon, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit in collaboration with the Criminal Investigations Directorate, presented former employees of Gulu High School a government-aided school before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo.

The two suspects include the former Head Teacher, Picho Paul Kennedy, and the former Senior Accounts Assistant, Okema Geoffrey are accused of causing financial loss and conspiracy to defraud.

According to SH-ACU investigations, Picho Kennedy and Okema Geoffrey, who served as joint signatories to Gulu High School’s account with Stanbic Bank, withdrew funds totaling UGX 336,374,052. The funds intended for Gayaza High School, had been mistakenly credited to Gulu High School’s account.

However, the accused knowingly utilized the funds for personal purposes, fully aware that their actions would result in financial loss for the bank. They have been remanded until 21/02/2024.

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The State House Anti-Corruption Unit has been camping in Lira City since early 2023 following widespread allegations of land wrangles registered in the City.

The State House Anti Corruption Unit (SH-ACU) in one year, 2022, managed to recover Ugx35.484bn from corruption masters of this country, the annual report revealed.

The Unit also managed to arrest and arraign in court over 448 suspects. Among these, courts convicted 70 culprits including government accounting Officers, Executive Officers, managing directors, Secretaries of Commission, CAOs, and Town Clerks.

SH-ACU was established under Article 99(4) of the constitution of Uganda, which gives the President executive powers to either directly or indirectly perform his duties or through officers subordinate to him.

Launched on 10th December 2018, SH-ACU coordinates with all constitutionally mandated agencies to ensure a corruption-free country.

The Unit also acts as a link between H.E. the President, citizens, and Anti- Corruption agencies in relation to Anti-Corruption issues.

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