Ex-ESO chief in Luzira over Shs500m debts


Maj General Frederick Alexander Oketcho being decorated to the rank of Lt General

A former director of External Security Organisation (ESO), Lt Gen Frederick Alexander Oketcho, is currently languishing in Luzira prison for failing to pay debts totaling to about Shs 500m.

The general apparently failed to pay a Shs 30.7m debt in one case and Shs 285m in another, according to The Observer.

He was last week sentenced to six months by High Court deputy registrar Muse Musimbi.

Early this week, Oketcho once again appeared before High Court deputy registrar in charge of execution and bailiffs, Flavia Nassuna Matovu, who returned him to prison for six months over another Shs185m debt to a moneylender, Patel R Arvind.

The registrar ordered the creditor Arvind to pay Oketcho Shs 3,000 daily for his feeding in prison or else he will be released.

Oketcho told the newspaper government has failed to pay his pension and allowances he worked for during the February election amounting to Shs120m.

He said he was only paid Shs 90m, leaving an unpaid balance of Shs 30m.

Now Oketcho’s residential house on Lubowa Crescent will soon be attached by another moneylender called Makesh over a debt of Shs 250m.

Oketcho was promoted to lieutenant general and retired in August 2015 by President Museveni.

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