Nathan Mugeni, the head teacher Reiner High school in Magola Sub County in Tororo district has suspended by the school board for alleged fraud, misuse of funds and impersonation.
Reiner is a catholic founded school aided by government. According to information obtained by our reporter, Mugeni reportedly used forged signatures last year to acquire loans worth Shillings 4.5 million from different entities in the names of the school and provided school cheques as security for the loans.
He reportedly forged the signature of the school board chairperson to acquire the loan in December. The Board Chairperson, Emokol Onyango, who doubles as Pallisa Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says he learnt of the illegal transactions after several organisations started calling his demanding that the school pays back the loans.
According to Onyango, this came as a shock since he doesn’t remember signing any loan related documents on behalf of the school.
He says they also plan to write to the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary communicating their decision about the head teacher. Onyango says the school now has a debt of Shillings 7.5 million to pay.
The acting School Head teacher, Dina Amoding told URN that the school is running normally. Ojwang Obbo, the Magola Sub county LC 3 Chairperson welcomed the suspension of the head teacher, saying it will send a strong message to all head teachers who treat public schools like their personal properties.
The embattled head teacher couldn’t be reached for a comment and his side of the story as his known mobile number was switched off.