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Ugandan Parliamentary Candidate Wanted by UK Police

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A UK resident who recently returned to his native Uganda, and was elected as the ruling (NRM) party's parliamentary candidate of Moroto District in Northern Uganda is wanted by the police over alleged fraud.

PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 24, 2010 – LONDON - A UK resident who recently returned to his native Uganda, and was elected as the ruling (NRM) party's parliamentary candidate of Moroto District in Northern Uganda is wanted by the police over alleged fraud.

Alex Okullo of Stratford in East London has been reported to the Police for allegedly defrauding Lango Association, a UK registered charity. The police now want him for questioning.

Okullo is alleged to have illegally withdrawn £18,000 from the association's accounts soon after his suspension from the organisation on September 30, 2010 due to conflict of interest.

The fund was part of a grant from Comic Relief for an HIV project in Lango, Northern Uganda. Comic Relief have confirmed that they gave a Lango Association a grant and that they are doing investigations.

The Chairman of Lango Association Richard Omedi said: “We have reported Mr Okullo to Stratford police because he failed to account for £18,000 that he withdrew from our account. We have also informed the Charity Commission”.

Alex Okullo was Chairman of Lango Association for nearly three years until the new executive committee decided to expel him from the organisation last September. He was also Chairman of another Charity called African Care & development Trust. Both charities are now being investigated.

When he returned to Uganda recently he stood in the NRM primaries and was elected amid allegations of massive bribery and rigging. Some Ugandans in London believe that Okullo used funds from the two charities for his campaigns.

“This is the British tax payer's money and he must account for every penny or rot in jail”, an angry London resident said.

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