While appearing before the district Works & Technical Services Committee, Ongee Galdino confessed to diverting the conditional grant for running the sub-county during the first lockdown.
The former Angagura Sub-County Chief in Pader
district, Galdino Ongee is in trouble for allegedly diverting Shillings
6.7million for road works
during the first nationwide lockdown. The district Works and Technical Services chairperson, Robert Komakech Obina has tasked Ongee to refund the money.
to Komakech, in
the FY 2019/2020, the district
allocated Angagura Sub-County
Shillings 6.7M under
the Community Access Road
(CAR) fund to install two
culverts on a community access road in the sub-county.
However, when the district transferred the money to the sub-county account, Ongee diverted the conditional grant to finance the operations of the
sub-county without informing the higher authority.
While appearing before the district Works & Technical Services Committee, Ongee Galdino confessed to diverting the conditional grant for running the
sub-county during the first lockdown.
He said since there was
no money to support sub-county operations during the first lockdown,
he opted to divert the conditional grant to support them. Ongee, who is now the sub-county chief of
Latanya, asked forgiveness and promised to pay back the money in two month’s period.
He blamed the COVID-19
pandemic on what had happened, saying the sub-county was crippled with no operations fund, which forced him to divert the conditional grant. The Angagura Sub-County LC V councillor, Dickson
Ojok, says that the
CAR funds have no impact at grassroots because sub-county authorities are
abusing its use.
District Engineer, Benedict Lubang, says Angagura sub-county
is among the five sub-counties that failed
to account for CAR funds disbursed to them in the 2019/2020 financial year.
The Principal Assistant Secretary to the CAO, Joyce Ongee
Anek, says diversion of public funds is unlawful and the sub-county chief will have to face the law.