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Pader District Chair in Trouble over Misuse of Gov't Vehicle

Recently, a whistleblower alleged that Largo recklessly drove a new government vehicle, Mitsubishi Double Cabin Registration Number UG 3227R and crashed it before secretly discarding it.
The Inspector General of Government has concluded its investigations into the alleged misuse of a government vehicle by Largo Oringa, the Pader district LC5 Chairperson.

Recently, a whistleblower alleged that Largo recklessly drove a new government vehicle, Mitsubishi Double Cabin Registration Number UG 3227R and crashed it before secretly discarding it.

Geoffrey Matovu the Gulu Regional Inspectorate Officer says on several occasions Largo evaded a team of inspectorate officials who travelled to Pader district earlier this month to interrogate him.

In a July 18, 2018 letter written and copied to Minister of Local Government; CAO and RDC of Pader district, the Gulu Regional Inspectorate Office summoned Largo again to appear at their offices to record a statement on July 25.

On sensing danger, Largo reported to the Gulu regional office and recorded a statement. When contacted, Largo told URN that the matter was amicably resolved and already disposed. However Matovu denied the matter had been resolved.

Last month, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government Ben Kumumanya issued guidelines to all accounting officers on use of government vehicles.

The guidelines stipulate that whoever is entitled to drive a government vehicle must ensure that routine repair and checks are conducted.  The guidelines also state that officials who drive faulty vehicles would face prosecution.

In February 2016, government handed over 111 Mitsubishi L200 GL Brand 4wd Double Cabins to the district chairpersons to enhance the supervisions of government programs.

At the handover, the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda also warned the recipients against misusing the government cars.