BRAC Officials Arrested Over Bribery

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Moroto police is holding two managers of BRAC-Building Resource Across Communities, an international NGO operating in the district for alleged bribery.

Moroto police is holding two managers of BRAC-Building Resource Across Communities, an international NGO operating in the district for alleged bribery. The suspects are 49-years-old Allan Shaii, and 49-year-old Mazid Rahul. They are accused of attempting to offer Mark Aol, Moroto LV C chairman a bribe of shillings 200,000 to allow them to continue operating in the district.
 
 
BRAC is one of the four NGO that were recently expelled from Moroto for alleged failure to implement activities aimed at improving the lives of residents. Others are Samaritan Purse an American aid agency, Action on Hunger-ACF and Cooperation Internationale-COOPI. George Obia, Karamoja regional police spokesman says that the two officials were picked up on Wednesday morning from the office of the LC V chairman.
 

 He says that police also recovered shillings 200,000 that was being used to bribe the LC V chairman to induce to allow BRAC to remain operational. Trouble for the duo started after they approached Aol asking him to reverse a council resolution suspending their operation in Moroto and promised to reward him. Aol asked the duo to return today and discuss the matter but tipped off police of their move. Obia says that they deployed detectives around the office of the LC V chairman.

He says that the suspects turned at the office and tried to offer the LC V chairman a bribe of shillings 200,000 but police swung in action and arrested them. Obia says the suspects are being held at Moroto Central police station. He says that the duo will be charged with bribery. Aol told URN that he could accept a bribe at the expense of his electorate who are being used by the NGO’s to attract donor funding.
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He says that they his leadership will not reverse the decision expelling the four NGOs from operating in the district. Moroto district Local government recently accused the NGOs of receiving about 13.5 million dollars over the years to implement education projects, health, food security, water, hygiene and sanitation among others.  
 
But the council said there is nothing tangible on the ground that they have done.
 
 

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.