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IGG Finally Returns Confiscated UGX56M Arua Family Health Day Funds

The Inspectorate of Government (IGG) Arua branch has returned funds meant for the Family Health Days programme.

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The Inspectorate of Government (IGG) Arua branch has returned funds meant for the Family Health Days programme.

 

The money was returned at the beginning of this week.

 

Activities of immunizing children and mothers have returned to normal after the IGG finally returned the 56 million shillings it had confiscated from Arua health office.

 

The money was confiscated while IGG investigators from Arua office were following a case where the district health officer Dr. Patrick Anguzu and nine others colleagues signed night allowance without going for a planned tour in Soroti.

 

The return of the funds followed a spirited protest by the donors United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation and religious leaders who have been hired to do the implementation of the program in the places of worship.

 

Martin Andua Drani, the Assistant Chief Administrative officer (CAO), in charge of health services who confirmed return of the money says the funds were returned after the donors had written to the district threatening to blacklist them if the money disappeared.

 

He says the district was also under pressure from the implementers of the program like religious leaders, LC’s and health workers at the lower health centres. He says on receipt of the funds activities of the family health days have now resumed normally.

 

His revelations were also confirmed by Dr. Patrick Anguzu who was implicated by the IGG investigators for withdrawing such amount of money and keeping it in his office as opposed to keeping it in the bank.

 

Dr. Anguzu, hopes that the district performance will not be greatly affected because the funds are once again available. 

 

The funds confiscated are meant for the first phase of the program that started in February and will end in April this year.

 

The IGG's action has attracted a lot of criticism. Wilfred Saka, the district councillor representing Uriama Sub County, wonders how funds meant for this activity could have just been confiscated as if there was no explanation.

 

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However, Paul Ejangu, the regional inspectorate officer defended his investigators. He says there is no way the investigators could have known before conducting further investigations.  

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