Six Amuru Staffs Under Probe Over Theft of Solar Batteries

By our Reporter.

Six staffs of Amuru district are being investigated on in connection to the disappearance of five solar batteries from Pabbo Health Centre III in Pabbo Sub County in Amuru district.

They are Remo Nyeko and Patrick Odong, a record officer and laboratory technician at Pabbo Health Center III respectively, Charles Okiya, a driver attached to the office of the district chairperson and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Simon Peter Onen, a Security guard at Pabbo Health Centre III, Samuel Adoi and Geoffrey Oloya, both porters at the health center.

They are accused of conniving to steal five solar batteries from the power control room at Pabbo Health Centre III on the night of August 3rd, 2019.  The batteries used to power the health facility at night and the data room.

John Bosco Langoya, the Pabbo Health Centre III Health Management Committee Chairperson, says the staffs were implicated when they tracked their phone calls last week. He says Remo Nyeko, Patrick Odong and Charles Okiya were in touch the day the batteries were stolen.

Langoya says the two porters were sighted by the security guard around the power room when the batteries went missing, adding that Okiya was seen driving out of the health center with a government vehicle around 2:00am, which further links him to the disappearance of the batteries.

The suspects recorded statements at Pabbo Police Post under CRB 18/03/8/2019 on Tuesday last week and were released on bond.

In his statement to police, the night guard, Simon Peter Onen, says that on the night of August 3rd, 2019, he found new padlocks to the power room.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru District Chairperson, described the suspects as haters of development in an interview with  our re[orter on Monday. Each battery cost Shillings 1.5 million.

He says the theft of the solar batteries has affected service delivery at Pabbo Health Centre III since health workers can’t operate in the evening due to lack of power.

Emmanuel Bwambale, the Amuru District Police Commander told URN the suspects are still being investigated before their files are sent to the Resident State Attorney for legal advice..

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