Pader teacher arrested over Alcoholism

Mr. Muyoba, the Puranga SS teacher says the suspect was spotted by locals in one of the bars after disappearing on the 2nd of October 2023 when he got his salary.

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Pader, Uganda – Puranga senior secondary school ordinary level biology teacher was arrested on Wednesday, 11th of October 2023 on allegations of alcoholism after he was found drunk during teaching hours.

The suspect had been identified as Odokonyero Robert, a science teacher Of Biology in Ordinary level at Puranga SSS (govt aided school) in Pader district.

The suspect allegedly woke up and went straight without reporting to the school in the morning.

Martine Muyoba, the Puranga SSS head teacher confirmed his arrest saying the suspected teacher is a renowned drunkard who always prefers alcohol to teaching. He says the teacher (suspect) was spotted by locals in one of the bars after disappearing on the 2nd of October 2023 when he got his salary.

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Meanwhile, Mr. Francis Depola Ojok, the Puranga town council chairperson said the suspect was arrested at around 3pm on charges of abuse of office and negligence of duty after he was found drinking in one of the bars next to his office.

According to Ojok, the whole day the teacher did not turn up to the school because he was too drunk to teach, and denied reporting to the authorities’ offices when called since he was violent.

“The suspected teacher has got records of lack of respect to the school authorities after several reported issues of misconduct on him. The increase of the science teacher’s salary could have also played a role since there is much to spend,” Ojok explained.

The school chairperson board of governors, Mr. Charles Okidi said he got reports from the urban chairperson III in regard to the teacher’s conduct. “I concurred with the LC 3 and advised that he be arrested as a way of a preventive measure to save his life and a punishment for his bad conducts as a teacher, “he added.

Okidi said that other teachers should learn from Odokonyero not to repeat the same offense which cuts agreement signed between him and the government as far as education is concerned. “He will be taken to the chief administrative officer’s officer for proper handling of his bad conduct,” he asserted.

The suspect is currently under Puranga police custody and statement was recorded under vide SD 12/11/10/2023.

According to Ojok, the suspect admitted doing the crime and asked for forgiveness. Efforts to get comment by press time were futile as the suspect was still under police custody.

A police officer in Pader who preferred anonymity said that handling cases of alcoholism is a bit difficult unless a traffic officer intervene and test the suspect before he is sober. He further advised the aggrieved parties to seek administrative measures to handle the case.


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