A section of
district officials in Lamwo District is under probe over allegations of
inflating costs of procuring implements and inputs under the Development
Response to Displacement Impacts Project.
are the district commercial officer, the district veterinary officer, and
is being implemented under the four major components including, social-economic services, infrastructure development, sustainable environmental
management, and the livelihoods program. Under the livelihood component,
farmers are supported to engage in crop and poultry production, animal husbandry,
value chain additions of their products, and village loan savings scheme.
investigations follow the arrest of District Commercial Officer Dactus
The Lamwo LCV
Chairperson Sisto Ocen Oyet says the arrest of the commercial officer follows
complaints raised from the project beneficiary group who allege that the prices
quoted for the supplies of the inputs were much higher than what is in the open
Oyet, members of the piggery group asserted that each piglet was procured at
500,000 Shillings while poultry project beneficiaries claimed each
day-old-chick cost shillings 20,000.
“wan ikare ma…
. Cue out:
….mede ki investigation”//
Aromorach, a beneficiary of Langwidi Yika Poultry Project in Lamwo Town
Council says they were under instructions by their community facilitators to
reject prequalified suppliers with lower price offers and instead were forced
to award procurement contracts to companies that had inflated figures.
Aromorach, the line officials connived with the community facilitators by
creating an online price information system with hiked figures from where they
would subject beneficiaries to base their price quotations.
Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says the arrest is part of
an ongoing investigation that was launched last year by the Deputy Inspector
General of Government following concerns of corruption that had marred the
implementation of the project.
also wanted are key district officials attached to the office of the Chief
Administrative Officer who reportedly went ahead to authorize payments of the
inputs at exorbitant prices.
“Lok me jwayo….
Cue out: ….nyoo iceto ibuc”//
Kidega some of the implicated officials could face interdiction, dismissal, and
prosecution for abuse of office, facilitating fraudulent accounting and
conspiring to commit fraud against the government, and causing financial loss of
Chief Administrative Officer Alex Majeme acknowledged the gaps in the
implementation of the project although he says they occurred while he had not
yet assumed office. Majeme says the investigation was being conducted by the
IGG and the district would heed to any recommendations arising from the inquiry
but also pledged towards the need to address the gaps for the success of the