KYOTERA, Uganda: The Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the newly created Kyotera district Yasin Mayanja has been interdicted for escape from lawful custody.
The district official had earlier on been arrested by Kyotera Police over allegations of giving out award letters of plots of land in Mutukula that belonged to the district land board.
Mayanja who recently escaped in thin air after being aided by some Police officers at Kyotera Police Station is nowhere to be seen and seriously hunted by the Police.
It is said that the district official took advantage of being part of the district land board committee before Kyotera was separated from its mother district, Rakai, and gave out award letters hence selling off plots of land at a cheaper price to whoever minded to attain one.
This later came to Patrick Kintu Kisekkulo the Kyotera LC5 Chairperson’s notice and other district officials who intervened and called for legal intervention before more plots were sold off.
Mayanja was arrested and taken to Kyotera Police Station last month but a few police officers backed his escape from custody and he has up to now stayed in hiding despite the Police’s thorough search.
According to the Kyotera DPC Musa Kayongo, Police is still searching for Mayanja and when grasped, the official will be charged for unlawful escape from custody as he reveals the ones who aided his escape.
“Our staff is on the search and I’m sure it will not take us long to get him (Mayanja). We have to charge him with escape from lawful custody and he will also reveal the ones that aided his escape”, Kayongo said.
The DPC also said he is steadily following the officers who paved way for the CAO’s escape as he waits for confirmation from Mayanja.
Kayongo further denied the recent media allegations which said Police had failed to trace Mayanja. “It is not that we have failed to trace him, no please. We are only doing our work silently and I’m sure it will not take us long to get him”, he added.
Idris Kasozi Bukenya the district CAO confirmed Mayanja’s interdiction as he told The Investigator; “If any government employee is under investigations, he or she automatically has to leave office to ease the investigations. I have already replaced someone to perform Mr. Mayanja’s duties as Police does its investigations”, he said.
Kisekkulo also confirmed Mayanja’s interdiction and said under his regime, he will not tolerate any corrupt officials whose intentions are to retard the new district’s progress.
“During my campaigns, the Kyotera people urged me not to deal with corrupt officials. Others pinned me for being greedy and corrupt. It’s now my turn to expose all corrupt employees as a way of paving way for the development of our new district”, said the Chairperson.
Kintu further explained that the district had already selected a District Lands Committee which is yet to avail all the necessary information concerning land especially on the plots of Mutukula.
Kyotera district which borders with Tanzania at Mutukula among other five districts effectively began on 1st July 2017 after being separated from Rakai district as earlier proposed by the Parliament.