By Emmanuel Okwii
The Malaba town clerk, Mr Samuel Baker Okalany is allegedly on the run over allegations of fraud brought against him. This is as a result of a siege in which he was taken hostage by tax collectors in the town last week. The tax collectors had accused him of failing to pay their salaries totaling to 13 million shillings for the last three months.
In order to allow investigations, the town’s council executive have frozen all financial accounts sighting fraud from the town clerk who is allegedly on the run. Okalany together with another employee identified as Phillip Opolot have been on the run for the last three weeks after the tax collectors allegedly threatened to teach the duo a lesson if they set foot in Malaba town council premises without settling their salaries.
Although the council is said to have received 250million from URA, the town clerk reportedly awarded himself and his henchmen shs69 million as arrears accumulated from the time they were interdicted from office in 2006 till 2012 instead of taking priority in paying the outstanding salaries of the tax collectors.
Malaba is now waiting for a communication from the CAO to post another clerk to Malaba since Okalany and Opolot have run away from office for the last three weeks something that has brought all the council activities to a standstill.