The Principal Assistant Secretary of Nakapiripirit district is facing trouble after being accused of unlawfully distributing government iron sheets to ineligible individuals.
Ilukol Jobs Lomenen was taken into custody on Saturday following a tip-off from concerned community members regarding the alleged distribution of iron sheets to unauthorized recipients.
In January 2024, the Government delivered 5,626 pieces of iron sheets to Nakapiripirit district through the Prime Minister’s office.
On February 2, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Esther Davinia Anyakun, inaugurated the iron sheet distribution exercise at the district headquarters in the presence of local leaders, district officials, and security forces, among others.
However, on February 9th, Ilukol unilaterally decided to distribute the iron sheets to individuals who were not designated as beneficiaries from Tokora and Moruita parishes, without involving other stakeholders.
Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson, confirmed the arrest, stating that the suspect is accused of mishandling the iron sheets intended for the benefit of reformed warriors.
Longole said the suspect intentionally distributed the iron sheets to unauthorized recipients without the knowledge of top district officials and security forces who are leading the distribution exercise.
He revealed that 260 iron sheets have been recovered from the unauthorized recipients as investigations begin.
He further stated that they decided to grant the suspect police bond to aid in the recovery of more evidence as the joint search progresses.
Currently, the Office of the Prime Minister is distributing iron sheets to reformed Karamojong warriors who voluntarily surrendered illegal firearms to the government.