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Four Alebtong Officials Held Over Alleged Financial Impropriety

The missing funds were meant to finance activities in the Water Department including the rehabilitation, repair and drilling of new boreholes during the financial year 2017/2018. Those arrested includes, District Water Officer, Bony Otieno, Head of Internal Audit, Alex Ojom, Chief Finance Officer, Stephen Andoye and Moses Okidi, the Community Development Officer in charge Awei Sub County.
Four senior officials of Alebtong district have been arrested for alleged misappropriation of over Shillings 190 million.  

The officers were picked up by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit under the command of Col. Edith Nakalema during a public hearing on Tuesday at Alebtong District headquarters.

The suspects are Bony Otieno, the Alebtong District Water Officer, Alex Ojom, the Head of Internal Audit, Stephen Andoye, the Chief Finance Officer and the Community Development Officer in Charge Awei Sub County, Moses Okidi.    

The missing funds were meant to finance activities in the Water Department including the rehabilitation, repair and drilling of new boreholes during the financial year 2017/2018.    

Trouble for the officials stemmed from a petition by Theophilus Obua, the Abia Sub County LC V councilor in February this year implicating them for spending more than Shillings 500 million on nonexistent projects during the 2017/2018 financial year.

He petitioned the State House Anti-Corruption Unit demanding for special investigations into the matter.     

Francis Ogema Awany, a local anti-corruption activist welcomed the raid, saying it is critical in the fight against corruption. 

He demanded for thorough investigations in key departments in Alebtong district, saying there has been gross misappropriation of public funds leading to poor service delivery.

According Col Nakalema, they conducted on spot checks including visiting some of the places where the officials claimed they had drilled, repaired or rehabilitated boreholes.  

At Bediworo village in Abia Sub County, Nakalema said they were shocked to find that the borehole was sank about three weeks ago yet the officials had indicated that it was drilled in 2017.   

The team also discovered that no borehole was repaired in Omoro trading center much as the officials indicated that they had spent about Shillings 4 million on repairs.  

The team is expected to return to Alebtong district local government for further investigations into allegations of embezzlement in other departments.

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