Eight Teachers In Trouble For Uttering Forged Appointment Letters

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Julius Ceaser Tusingwire, the Savannah Regional Commander, says they are hunting for the other suspects to answer for uttering false documents and embezzlement of government funds.

Eight Secondary School teachers in Luweero district are in trouble for allegedly forging their appointment and posting letters. Two of the teachers including Stuart Mboowa and Agnes Nakibuuka, both from Mazzi Vocational Secondary School in Kamira Sub County are currently being at Luweero Central Police Station.

 
They are wanted by Police to explain how they secured their appointment and posting letters. The arrest of the teachers stems from a complaint by Christopher Oketayot, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Luweero to the Savannah Regional Police Commander, Julius Ceaser Tusingwire to investigate the implicated teachers.

 
In his July 20th complaint, Oketayot accuses the implicated teachers for issuing forged letters to his office between December 2015 - February 2016. He says they unearthed the forgery when they asked the Education Ministry, Permanent Secretary to authenticate the 64 teachers appointed and transferred in the 2015/2016 financial year.
 
 
The response from the Ministry based on the minutes attached on the appointment letters, shows that the letters presented by the eight teachers belong to different people. Oketayot says that preliminary investigations show that there are unscrupulous officials in the Education Ministry who identify vacant posts in districts and post teachers illegally without going through interviews by the Education Service Commission and knowledge of the Permanent Secretary.


By the time the district busted the implicated teachers, some of them had accessed the payroll. Julius Ceaser Tusingwire, the Savannah Regional Commander, says they are hunting for the other suspects to answer for uttering false documents and embezzlement of government funds.


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The two teachers haven't yet commented as they couldn't be reached by our reporters. However, in their statements to police, the suspects admit presenting forged appointment letters declined to reveal where they got them from.

 
One of the suspects only claimed that he got the letter from a street in Kampala and doesn't remember the author. A validation exercise conducted by the Education Service Commission in 2013 unearthed names of over 400 ghost teachers on the payroll in Eastern and central Uganda.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.