Detectives Arrested for Bribery

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Three detectives have been arrested in Arua for alleged bribery. The three CID officers are; Cliques Onencan, Corporal Lillian Avako and David Laban Piny. The trio all from directorate of election offences unit at the CID headquarters in Kampala was on a mission to investigate the alleged fraud that characterized the NRM party primaries in Vura sub-county Arua district. The detectives were particularly tasked to investigate claims that the NRM party results in Arua had been falsified in favour of Ejua, shortly after Dr. Sam Okuonzi, his challenger was declared winner by Arua NRM returning officer Swaib Akifo. Ejua later declared himself the winner of the NRM primary elections. But hardly had the detectives accomplished their own mission, when they were picked up from the police professional standards unit in northwestern region accused of bribery. Trouble for the detectives stem from a claim by Godfrey Endrea, a supporter of minister Ejua who claims that the police officers received a bribe from Christopher Yikii, a brother to minister Ejua's main challenger Dr. Sam Okuonzi. Endrea claims that he saw the three officers receive the bribe, which was handed to them in a brown envelope. He alerted Alfred Matua, the regional police professional standards officer, leading to the officer's arrest. But on a thorough search of the officers, the brown envelope was found empty and the money was nowhere to be seen. Matua however says that the three have been detained pending investigations into Endrea's claims. //Cue in: they are alleged to..." Cue very unfortunate."// But Corporal Lillian Avako one of the arrested officers says the allegations against them have been weaved by Ejua's supporters. Avako who was directed to record her own statement says it is unfortunate that a politician doesn't want to come to terms with the truth in the public dormain. But Cliques Onencan who led the investigation team says he is ready to face any disciplinary action if they investigators found him guilty. Earlier, reverend William Avuoye, the NRM returning officer for Vurra and Felix Ndema, the Gombolola internal security officer were arrested for their alleged involvement in election fraud.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.