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Over corruption, a senior police officer was sentenced to nine years in prison and barred from holding public office for ten years.

The money was supposed to be distributed by the DPC, but it never reached the intended recipients because he fabricated accountability receipts.

After being found guilty of corrupt tendencies, a senior police officer was sentenced to nine years in prison by the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.

Geoffrey Leo Ogwok, the Yumbe DPC, was arrested and charged with embezzling shs6 million destined for allowances for his junior employees.

The money was supposed to be distributed by the DPC, but it never reached the intended recipients because he fabricated accountability receipts.

Ogwok was arrested and charged with false accounting in violation of section 22, embezzlement in violation of section 19, and abuse of office in violation of section 12 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009.

Despite the fact that the senior police officer rejected the allegations, the prosecution presented 13 witnesses who accused him of embezzling monies intended for security guards.

Conviction

Moses Nabende, an Anti-Corruption Grade One magistrate, convicted the senior police officer earlier this week.

“It is proven that the accused individual had the right to accept allowances from the Electoral Commission and give them to the police officers who performed their tasks due to the post he had as the DPC. He committed a criminal conduct by providing false accountability, which was detrimental to his employer and the Ugandan government, according to the magistrate.

“It is my conclusion that his conduct of not paying the allowances to the beneficiaries, spouting fraudulent accountabilities, and later acts of signature forgery amounted to abuse of office and power. As a result, I believe the prosecution has established that the accused abused his position beyond a reasonable doubt. The offender is found guilty on all three counts and is sentenced to prison.”

Punishment

As a result, the Anti-Corruption Court sentenced the senior police officer to one year in prison for false accountability, five years in prison for embezzlement, and three years in prison for abuse of office, for a total term of nine years.

The magistrate did remark, however, that the sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will only spend five years, but he will also be required to repay the shs6 million he embezzled.

In addition to the two penalties, Ogwok was forbidden from holding any public office for a term of ten years by the court.

The senior police officer will be sent to the Kitalya government prison to fulfill his sentence.

As a result of the development, the senior police officer will be fired from the force.

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