Miss Culture Karamoja has been sentenced to community service for stealing a mobile phone.
Gloria Napeyok who is also a gospel singer was convicted by Grade II magistrate, Paul Abunyala on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to theft. She was jointly convicted with her boyfriend Hamis Lopeyok over the same offense.
The two were convicted to community service at Kotido health centre IV where they will be working for 3 hours for six weeks. Court heard that on April 30, the Miss Culture while at Last Drop Bar in Kotido town stole a mobile phone worth Shs 380,000.
The act by Napeyok has not gone well with the public. Elder David Modo a resident in Kotido town says Napeyok is no longer appropriate to represent the Karimojong culture.
Maria Kokoi, member of the Village Women’s Council in Entebbe, Kotido East Parish also agrees that the Napeyok is not worth representing the culture of Karamoja any longer. She says other leaders should be elected.
Rose Mary Igira, an executive in Karamoja Cultural Association regrets the incident calling it a shame. She said Napeyok should be not be allowed to represent Karamoja any more because if she is capable of repeating the crime and bring even more shame.
Miss Culture Karamoja is voted every year in a contest. She represents Karimojong at various cultural functions and lobbies for development of the Karimojong.