The headmaster and bursar of Kinyara Secondary School in Masindi have been charged with four counts of corruption. The charges leveled against the administrators of one of the largest public schools in Masindi are based on claims that they embezzled school funds through inflated financial claims and illegal fees.
The headmaster, Reverend Isaac Ssentongo and the bursar, Richard Katebe were arrested at their offices on Tuesday by detectives from the Inspectorate of Government. Appearing before the Masindi Grade Two Magistrate Francis Ojikan, they were charged with causing financial loss, abuse of office, false accounting of public funds and embezzlement of funds.
Reverend Ssentongo shook his head in disbelief when the charges were read. He murmured something to himself then appeared to be resigned to his fate.
Both Reverend Ssentongo and Richard Katebe pleaded innocent to the charges. They were remanded to Masindi Government Prison until February 25th when their case comes up for mention.
Last year a group of teachers of Kinyara Secondary School petitioned the IGG, complaining about the misuse of funds by their headmaster. In the petition, the teachers claimed that Reverend Ssentongo often assumed the powers of the procurement committee and purchased equipment at inflated costs.
Teachers at Kinyara Secondary School say they only heard of the headmaster's arrest on radio. They refused to comment on the arrest of the two administrators.