Lamwo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police are investigating two women in Lamwo district on suspicion of attempting to defraud parents under the pretext of sponsoring their children for studies.
The duo, Proscovia Aling and Jackline Angwech, all in their 20s were arrested from Palabek Gem sub-county on Wednesday last week as they attempted to get a recommendation letter to register learners to study under a scholarship run by Forescore Skills Limited.
Joel Watoker, the LC3 chairperson of Palabek Gem sub-county told Uganda Radio Network that he became suspicious because the two failed to present any document introducing them as workers of the said organization and didn’t have any Memorandum of Understanding with the district.
Aling introduced herself as the coordinator for Palabek Gem sub county, while Angwech said she is the district coordinator. Watoker added that when he asked Angwech for proper identification, she quickly said they would no longer work in the sub-county.
Watoker told parents to be cautious of organizations that come with unclear explanations of offering bursaries for their children.
He encouraged parents to instead work hard to pay for their children.
The duo listed 16 learning institutions from Primary to University where the learners would study. However, the telephone contacts provided for the said organization were unreachable.
According to the bursary form, the applicant has to pay 5,000 Shillings for filling out the form, and another Shillings 50,000 for “other benefits like charity items to be awarded to the student during the course of the study and after.”
Patrick Ongom, the OC of Palabek Gem Police post confirmed the detention of the suspects, adding that besides failing to answer questions to prove that they are genuine, all the officials he contacted said they are not aware of the operations of such an organization in the district.