Police Re-arrest Kinoni Model Village Officials

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Baker Kawonawo, the Ntungamo district Police commander says that they re-arrested the suspects after receiving information that they were planning to flee the country.

Three members of Kinoni model village committee have been re-arrested after they were released on police bond on Monday evening. They are Ben Rutogogo, the Kinoni model village chairperson, Village secretary Dan Mijinya and field officer the John Ndamira.

The trio is accused of misappropriating more than 460 million shillings meant for the development of the Kikoni model village, which is comprised of Kikoni parish in Ntungamo Sub County and Kikoni ward in Ntungamo municipality. Kikoni parish and Kinoni wards are the birth place of President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni respectively.
 
 The trio was picked up on January 30th and locked up at Ntungamo police station. They were released on Monday on police bond. However, their freedom was short-lived as they were rearrested on Wednesday evening on the orders of Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police.
 
 
Baker Kawonawo, the Ntungamo district Police commander says that they re-arrested the suspects after receiving information that they were planning to flee the country.  John Ndamira, one of the suspects told URN at Ntungamo police station that, despite spending three weeks in custody since their arrest, no charges were brought against them.
 
 Trouble for the trio started in January after a team of state house officials led by Fred Bamwine; the Ntungamo resident district commissioner recovered several animals from their homes and selected residents in Kinono model village. They argued that the animals were distributed in the disregard of the guidelines for the presidential initiative on poverty eradication. 

The officials also accused the trio of sharing the animals amongst themselves and their friends at the expense of poor residents.  At least 260 heifers, 1720 goats, 160 pigs, 200 bee hives, and 100,000 chicks were delivered under the program.
 

 

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