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Five Sub-Counties Fail to Account For Community Access Road Funds

Pader District Engineer, Benedict Lubang, says that his office has failed to get accountability from the five sub-counties despite repeated reminders to the accounting officers to do so.
Five sub-counties in Pader district have failed to account for Shillings 44M meant for implementing projects under the Community Access Road Fund.  The affected sub-counties include Awere, which has failed to account for Shillings 11.4M, Lapul Shillings 10.8M, Laguti Shillings 8.8M, Acholibur Shillings 7.6M and Ogom Shillings 5.4M. 

Pader District Engineer, Benedict Lubang, says that his office has failed to get accountability from the five sub-counties despite repeated reminders to the accounting officers to do so. He says in the 2020/2021 financial year, Pader district received Shillings 131.7M and disbursed the money to twelve sub-counties under the community access road fund. 

Lubang, however, says that to his dismay the financial year ended without getting any accountabilities from the five out of the twelve sub-counties that received the funds.

He says that his office requested a special audit to ascertain what could have happened to the money but to date, no report has come out. 

Musingoka Rangamoi, the Vice Chairperson of Ogom Sub-County acknowledged the fact that they have not accounted for the money. He says that as local leaders when they entered office after the election, they didn’t find anything regarding projects under CAR fund.

He says as executives they have summoned the former Sub-County Community Development Officer, Latigo Robert and Sub-County Chief before to explain what happened to the said money. Christopher Mwaka Odoknyero, the former chairperson of Laguti Sub-County blamed the CAO for the mess in the sub-counties while appearing before the district Works and Social Services committee last week.

He said some of the transfer of sub-counties chiefs are uncalled for as they lead to mismanagement. The head of Internal Audit in Pader District, Kenneth Opwonya, says that his office has not yet received funds from the CAO’s office to facilitate the special audit requested by the works department.

The Principal Assistant Secretary in the CAO office, Joyce Ongee Anek, says that they will take stern action against the sub-counties that have failed to account for the money. She also exonerated the CAO from the problems at the sub-counties.