By OTII DENIS
NWOYA– Deputy Speaker of Alero Sub County in Nwoya district is under police custody over alleged extortion of shs1.3 million from a businessman.
Atut Charls Lutimu who’s also a councilor representing youth to Alero Sub County Council is the accused.
Police say Atut extorted money from (a businessman they denied giving his names to the media) who was ferrying his logs to Kampala.
Police also say the local politician was using his position to pave ways for other illegal loggers to escape revenue checkpoint.
Some of the illegal loggers were carrying trade with his instructions.
Okeny Paul, the Alero Sub County LC III chairperson too, confirmed Atut’s arrest over alleged extortion to TND News reporter on Thursday.
“A lorry truck carrying logs from Onyinya trading center and heading to Gulu town was also detained. After questioning the driver and the owner of the logs told authorities that they gave some money to the deputy speaker,” Okeny added.
According to Okeny, Alero Sub County is struggling to survive with local revenue sources in the hands of some corrupt leaders.
“We’re going to take action against him by suspending him from the council. Revenue collection is not a politician’s mandate but for technical people,” the Sub County leader noted.
Nwoya Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Omut John Bossco told TND News that for the past one week Atut was in hiding, adding that he was finally arrested from Nwoya district headquarters on Thursday.
“He had come for a meeting and we arrested him. He is under police custody at Anaka Central Police station,” RDC Omut said.
Atut speaks out
In his statement after the arrest, he accepted the charges, however, revealing that he always shares the money with Resident District Commissioner [RDC], District Forest Officer [DFO] and District Internal Security Officer (DISO).
None of the accused, including RDC who participated in his arrest accepted ever receiving any money from the local politician.
Atut has been charged with impersonation, extortion and bribery vide SD REF: 32/07/06/2018.