Moses Odur, the Medical Records Officer of Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, is on the spot on allegations of extorting money from a job applicant. He is accused of extorting 1.2 million shillings from Scovia Chero, one of the candidates who applied for the position of assistant records officer.
The matter came to light when anonymous letters made the rounds on social media last week, implicating the hospital administrators of extorting money for recruitment, promotion, and including staff on the payroll.
Chero explains that she received a phone call from Odur advising her to apply for the position of medical records assistant at the hospital. She says that Odur made another call the next day, informing her that the Human Resource Officer, Denis Katinda, was demanding 1.2 million shillings in order for her to secure the job.
According to Chero, she told Odur that she didn’t have the money, but he insisted that she make a partial payment and clear the balance as soon as she picked up her appointment letter. She says that Odur instructed her to deposit 500,000 shillings on her phone, which he withdrew from a mobile money outlet because he has a debt on his personal MTN line.
Chero said that after withdrawing money from her mobile money account and promising to take it to human resources, she received information that she wasn’t shortlisted for the job and the money did not reach human resources as purported.
Katinda has since disassociated himself from the scam, saying that he has not met Odur for the last five months and that he is surprised to learn about the incident. He, however, confirmed receiving Chero’s application letter but said the candidate lacked some requirements and was not shortlisted for the interviews.
Dr. Stephen Pande, the director of Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, says that after the recruitment exercise, he received complaints of alleged extortion, which prompted him to summon the implicated officials.
We summoned all those people whose names appeared in the anonymous letters, but Odur disappeared after learning that there were burning issues at hand. “He began avoiding my calls until I threatened to remove his name from the payroll,” Pande said.
He revealed that only Odur out of those implicated admitted receiving money from one candidate, but he defended himself, saying that he was acting as a broker for the human resources officer. According to Dr. Pande, Odur told him that he could not return to the hospital because Chero’s father is hunting for his life over the money.
URN has also learned the hospital administration is being accused of corruption, which has resulted in internal fights among the staff. George William Wopuwa, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner, observed that the poor management of staff promotions has fueled hatred, fights, and threats among the staff in the hospital.
Wopuwa claims that some employees who have been with the hospital for a longer period of time have not been promoted while those who have recently graduated have, a practice that makes others feel left out.
David Koryang, the Moroto District LC V chairperson, says there has been a silent fight for promotions in the hospital, and as a district, they want to intervene and see how the matter can be resolved.