Kampala; The Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola has cautioned police commanders and the general public of some individuals using his name and other senior government officials to defraud members of the public.
According to Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the warning follows an incident in which Henry Isooba, the CEO of New Beginnings International Ministries used Ochola’s name and wanted to defraud donors.
Enanga explained that Isooba entered into an agreement with Henry Olele, an engineer in Iganga for the construction of a maternity ward for shs176 million but also made with him another contract for shs75 million and made a down payment of shs35 million.
“Isooba claims that on June 18, 2022, he went to the site to pay Olele the balance of Shs.40 million to complete the construction but didn’t find him and the workers. He says he had come with shs150 million which was in the car and having arrived home, he realized the money was missing,” Enanga said.
Enanga further added that Isooba used UPDF officers from Magamaga to cause the arrest of Olele after accusing him of using IGP Ochola’s name to defraud the public.
“It is not true that the IGP is related to Olele. The IGP and his family reject the claim as false and an insult. Whereas both come from Tororo district, they are not known to each other,” Enanga said.
Enanga asked media outlets that carried the story claiming Ochola’s brother had been arrested over theft and conspiracy to defraud should come out with the correct version of the story.
“All our territorial commanders are asked to remain steadfast to avoid being duped by criminals using the office of IGP and other high-ranking security personnel and government officials to defraud the public,” Enanga added.
“If you suspect a person is impersonating a police officer, they should present their warrant cards but you should also record that process to help us identify the individual.”
According to Enanga, police are currently investigating Isooba over a conspiracy to defraud donor money meant to construct a maternity ward by claiming it had been stolen from his vehicle.