KAMPALA: The State House Anti-corruption Unit in collaboration with the Uganda police conducted investigations that led to the arrest of Geoffrey Omara- the City Physical Planner. His accomplice Philip Ogwal the District physical planner is still at large.
Geoffrey Omara, a city physical planner, working with Lira Municipal Council, Lira City was arrested and arraigned at Anti-Corruption Division Court, Kololo in Kampala for soliciting and receiving a bribe of Ugx. 4 million.
He was charged with corruption c/s 2(a) and 26 of the anti-corruption Act, 2009, and has been remanded to Luzira prison.
In 2015, Rehema Akello acquired land from Lira District on a lease that expired after 5 years. However, due to COVID-19 challenges, she was unable to file her lease extension application on time.
In June 2020, she submitted an application to the district for a lease extension. Omara Geoffrey, the Lira city planner, and Ogwal Philip, the Lira District Local Government’s Physical planner, both considered this a late submission. The duo demanded Ugx 4 million from her, stating the money was needed to help the land board work on her file. She initially refused to pay, but after being persuaded by Omara Geoffrey for six months, she gave the money to him using mobile money on October 29, 2020.
Omara Godfrey, the one who received the money, never divided it with his partner Philip Ogwal, prompting Ogwal to call Akello and insist that she deliver him his portion. The two government agents’ constant harassment and extortion forced her to report the incident to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit on February 4, 2022.