Soroti University Secretary Arrested for Financial Impropriety Top story

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She was picked up from her office on Thursday by detectives traveling in a white van believed to be attached to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

Ruth Achimo, the Soroti University Secretary is in trouble for alleged financial impropriety. She was picked up from her office on Thursday by detectives traveling in a white van believed to be attached to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

Our reporter couldn't independently verify the claims as our repeated calls to Michael Odongo, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson went unanswered.  The Spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government-IG, Ali Munira denied knowledge of the arrest and referred out reporter to police. 

"It's not us the IG please try to cross check with police," she said. URN has since learnt that IGs office in Soroti and police have been investigating Achimo following an internal audit, which revealed the misuse of Shillings UGX 1 Billion last year.

On August 25th 2018, URN published a story quoting an internal audit report dated August 2nd, 2018 indicating that at least Shillings 1 billion was grossly mismanaged in double payments to lawyers, contractors and university secretary in court damages. 

According to the report, the Internal Auditor of the University, James Odongo queried as to why over Shillings 513 million was paid to M/S Okurut & Company Advocates between the months of April to June 2018 yet the firm was contracted on a retainer fee of Shillings  15 million each month. 

The audit revealed other double payments of Shillings 61 and 277 million respectively to the same law firm on June 22, 2018 and another Shillings 58 million on July 5th, 2018.  However, there were documents to support the payments.    

The internal auditor also questioned how the accounting officer went ahead to pay herself Shillings 172 million through M/S Alliance Advocates as compensation for damages for wrongful interdiction for abuse of office.    

Daniel Okalebo, An associate at Okurut & Company Advocates explained that the retainer, which the internal auditor raises in the report doesn't involve the litigation costs. "We have had a number of cases in which we have represented the university in which land is involved and looking at the sum for the university it's more than Shillings 30 billion, "Okalebo explained.

Juma Hassan Nyene, the Soroti University Communications Officer denied knowledge of the arrest of the university secretary. "I'm not aware of Achimo's arrest. That must be a big rumor because you know now we really have so many rumors in regard to university operations," said

  According to Nyene, they had a meeting up to late on Wednesday evening and Thursday and all university staffs were present. By the time of filing this story, police had whisked Achimo away from Soroti destined for Kampala.  


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