RDC Samuel Mbimbaza Hashaka confirmed the arrest of the duo and said that the duo connived with a sub accountant to embezzle the funds noting that instead paying the recommended 100,000 shillings for the LC1 chairpersons and 300,000 shillings for the VHTs, they paid less and made the beneficiaries to sign for full amount.
The sub county chief and community development officer of
Chesowel sub county in Bukwo district are in trouble for allegedly stealing
covid-19 funds meant for Village Health Teams and the LCI Chairpersons.
The suspects are Ben Lwendok, the Sub County Chief and Alex
Kidet, the Community Development Officer -CDO of the sub county.
They were arrested
by the Bukwo District Police Commander Samson Lubega on Thursday following an
outcry of the VHTs and the LCI Chairpersons that they have never received their
money which they were entitled to.
Samuel Mbimbaza Hashaka, confirmed the arrest of the duo and
said that a sub county sub accountant whom he declined to name for technical reasons is still on the
He said that the duo connived with the sub accountant to embezzle the
funds noting that instead paying the recommended 100,000 shillings
for the LC1 chairpersons and 300,000 shillings for the VHTs, they paid less and
made the beneficiaries to sign for full amount.
In September, Bukwo district received over Shs316 Million
from the Ministry of Health to fight the spread of coronavirus in communities
and VHTs were tasked to mobilize and sensitize the communities
The LCI Chairpersons allegedly signed for 100,000 but they
were given 50,000 shillings and VHTs were made to sign for 300,000 shillings and they were
instead paid 100,000 shillings.
Hashaka also noted that some of the VHTs and LCI
chairpersons have never been paid their money. He said the duo have been
charged with embezzlement, abuse of office and corruption.
//Cue in: “300,000 and 100,000… '//
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Julius Chelimo, the LCV Chairperson, told Uganda Radio
Network that his office has received several complaints from the victims implicating sub
county chiefs for failing to pay them their money.
He said the complaints so far
have emanated from five sub counties including Chesowal, Riwo sub county and
Town Council, Senendet, and Kaprorosi sub counties.
He noted that the district is compiling all the cases of sub
counties that missed the money before taking action.
Cases of graft are common in Bukwo district. Cheptanoi
Catherine, the Acting Assistant CAO is on Police bond after being accused of embezzling over 120
million shillings meant for two road projects in Suam sub County where she was sub county
chief. She was given bond last week.
The two roads are 3km Rakawayandet-Kwirwot-Suam Road
which was supposed to have been constructed at 75 million shillings and Suam
Community Access road which costed 61 million.
Four district officials were also arrested over non-existent projects of mini irrigation schemes which cost between 50 and 70 million.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.