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BUKEDEA: TASO Employee Arrested Over Theft of Health Center IV Solar Battery

By George Emuron




Police in Bukedea Central Police Station in Bukedea district have arrested a TASO blood sample collector for Bukedea district for allegedly stealing a solar battery stationed at Bukedea Health Center IV laboratory.


Ben Ariong was arrested on 30th, Dec, 2022 and detained at Bukedea Central Police Station after a police sniffer dog led detectives to his house.


Ariong’s arrest was confirmed this morning, 2nd January, 2023 by Charles Patrick Okoto, the District Police Commander Bukedea saying Ariong was arrested with the support of the police sniffer dog.


Caroline Achola, the Bukedea laboratory in charge said the office battery went missing but when she tried inquiring from her colleagues, all denied.


“I tried my best to ask who took the office solar battery but no one responded,” said Ms. Achola adding that because of pressure for the battery, the officers were suspended.


“I was shocked a day after suspending my colleagues, I realized that the battery was brought back,” said Achola.

Achola added that since it was not the first time that office equipment was getting lost, a police sniffer dog was brought.

“I got shocked when the police sniffer dog went into Ariong’s house and netted him,” added Achola.


NOTE: Ben Ariong the accused works as bukedea district blood sample collector under Aids support organization TASO to collect and transport all sample blood from the entire sub counties in Bukedea district.

“I want to confirm that on 30th, Dec, 2022 district blood sample collector was arrested and detained in Bukedea Central Police Station.

Mr. Okoto also added that the police inquiry file has been opened pending court sanction.


Emmanuel Odeke, the District Health Officer for Bukedea urged health workers to desist from stealing government properties stationed at the health facilities.

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