KAMPALA – An Internal Security Organisation (ISO) operative who was assigned to assist the Ministry of Works and Transport in the distribution of Covid-19 motorvehicle stickers has been remanded to Kitalya prison after confessing to issuing them to un authorised persons.
52-year-old Stephen Ariongo Osikol working as an events and promotions operative with ISO was charged with breach of trust by a person employed in public service .
Together with his four Pakistan national accomplices to whom he unlawfully issued the stickers marked that they were authorized personnel in the food distribution category who are allowed to drive vehicles in the current nationwide lockdown, they were arraigned before Buganda Road court Grade one magistrate Dorothy Bagyenyi on Tuesda, charged and remanded.
However, Ariong has explained to the magistrate that the four Pakistani nationals who run a Restaurant, bar and a car bond presented to him(Ariong) a letter and other identifications showing that they are in food distribution business which was the basis for him to issue the contentious stickers on April 14, 2020.
The five pleaded guilty to charges of being in unlawfull possession of government stores and were remanded at Kitalya prison until May 8, 2020 to be handed their respective sentences.
Last week on Saturday , police and it’s sister security agencies carried out an operation in which they arrested several people with illegally acquired Covid-19 stickers .
Among them is an Indian national who was arrested along Buganda Road with a sticker indicating that he is in the essential utility provider category allowed to drive.
He was also arraigned before Buganda Road court on charges of being in unlawful possession of government stores and was remanded to Kitalya prison after denying the charge.