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Kole court further remands Aboke CDO Aciro Ejura 

(Last Updated On: 24 March 2024)

Kole | On March 22, Grade One Magistrates Court in Kole district denied bail to Aboke Town Council acting Community Development Officer (Ag. CDO) Aciro Lucy Ejura. 

Aciro, currently charged with corruption-related offences on women groups in Kole, was reproduced before the above court on Friday.

Initially hoping for a bail acceptance, Aciro was read more charges, prompting the presiding Judge to reject her request.

After her arrest by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit and Police on March 14, Aciro was produced before Kole Court the following day.

She appeared before Angella Sserwadda, the Magistrate Grade One who read four different charges against her. The accused would later be remanded to Kole government prison.

On March 22, the same Court denied the accused CDO bail. Sserwadda read her two more charges of mismanagement of government funds and negligence of duty.

During her first Court appearance, the prosecution told Court that Ejura, falsely obtained over shs1,202,000 from Oryem Can Women’s Group between January and May 2022.

She is also said to have obtained shs480,000 from Obanga Akica Women’s Group in November 2023.

Further, she was charged with obtaining shs7,016,000 from Te-Okole Women’s Group in 2020.

At Aboke Town Council, she obtained over shs680,000 from Aparango Women’s Group. She falsely claimed that she was the only one authorised to bank it.

Why was her bail denied? 

Kole State Anthony Kahuame Chris Mwesamze told the Court on Friday to reject her bail request.

Kahuame stated to the Court they are not done yet with the investigations into her crimes. She was immediately remanded until April 24, 2024.

CAO doing everything for Aciro’s freedom’

Soon after the junior staff was arrested, the CAO of Kole, Wamburu Soita Emmanuel issued a directive to civil servants to contribute money for Ejura’s bail.

Also read: Kole CAO aborts interview: resistance emerges on cash directive for his CDO bail  

Close to shs1.5m has been contributed since March 14, with Soita contributing shs100,000.

However, legal experts and some senior leaders in Kole want CAO Soita to also be investigated for abetting crimes and a suspected criminal.

The accounting officer, Soita, is being accused of not interdicting the CDO per the public service standing orders.

Once a public servant is accused or facing a trial, an accounting officer is mandated to interdict that person without any delay.

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