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Lira DCO, four others remanded for forgery of SACCO documents

Court has remanded Lira District Commercial Officer (DCO), Josephine Alobo, and four others to jail for alleged forgery of SACCO documents contrary to section 34 of the Penal Code Act.

Alobo appeared before Lira Grade One Magistrate, Hillary Rwamiranga, on two counts of obtaining credit by false pretenses and forgery, and denied both. The co-accused are Richard Oyuku, Denis Omara, Lillian Alwedo, and Felix Odongo. 

Court heard that the accused, on January 15, 2020, while at Centenary Bank Lira branch, without lawful authority, forged an AGM attendance list belonging to Ayago SACCO in Lira City West Division.

The prosecution told the court that the accused persons wanted to change and take over the signatories to the SACCO’s bank account, but were arrested before they could accomplish their aim.

However, only two of the accused persons, namely Josephine Alobo, and Lillian Alwedo, appeared in court on Thursday.

The State Attorney, Martin Rukundo, also informed the court that investigations into the case were still ongoing.

The accused, who were represented by Emmanuel Egaro and Company Advocates, applied for bail on grounds that they had been held in custody for close to two weeks without being produced in court.

However, four of the sureties carried no identification documents and local council letters, and, as such, the Magistrate remanded the accused to Lira central government prison until April 15, 2021, when they will appear before the same court for a hearing.

Court also issued summons for the other three co-accused, whom the prosecutor said is still at large.

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