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Kumi: Senior Government Officials Arrested while Drinking in Night Pub

Kumi District Police has arrested six senior government officials, civil servants and locals for drinking from a night pub, an act that violates the set Covid-19 preventive guidelines.

According to the territorial spokesperson ASP David Ongom Mudong, the suspects were arrested Wednesday night during an intelligence led operation.

ASP Mugong said that the operations led to the arrest of 24 people who were found drinking and dancing in a bar identified as Apedun Marion based in the Northern Division within Kumi Municipality.

“They have been charged Vide CRB 229/29/2020 with Negligence act likely to cause the spread of infectious disease which is contrary to Section 171 of the Penal Code Act,” he said.

Among the suspects included top government officials and civil servants of the district.

The officials currently under custody include; Samuel Obwanga aged 29 years, a Veterinary Officer at Kumi Sub-county, Stephen Emuria 38 who is an Internal Auditor at Kumi Municipality and Emmanuel Olupot, 39 years, an Engineer at Kumi Municipality.

The others are Emmanuel Odeke aged 42 years, a teacher of Ngora High School, Okanya Benard 38, a civil servant in Kumi Municipality and Moris Kuwen.

Mudongo said that police is still hunting for the owner of the bar who managed to escape.

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“We are engaging the Municipal authority to have the license of the above bar withdrawn upon conclusion of investigations,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, detectives are actively preparing the case file of the arrested suspects and police says that soon they will be forwarded to the Resident State Attorney for perusal and legal guidance.

The spokesperson emphasized that as Police, they would not allow the public to undermine the government and Ministry of Health guidelines which have not yet been lifted regarding the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“The police shall continue implementing the guidelines which are still in place and those found non compliant shall always be apprehended and charged,” he added.

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