The money was meant to finance constructions of three community roads including a road stretching from Amolatar town to Amai Hospital about 11km, a road from Odyak Trading Centre to Kitaleba landing site in Muntu Sub County and a road stretching from Amolatar health centre to Abeja Landing site in Arwotcek Sub County.
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House Anti-Corruption Unit is holding three Amolatar District officials for alleged embezzlement of about 46 Million
The money was meant to finance construction of three
community roads including a road stretching from Amolatar town to Amai Hospital, road from Odyak Trading
Centre to Kitaleba landing site in Muntu Sub County and a road stretching from
Amolatar health centre to Abeja Landing site in Arwotcek Sub County.
Among those in custody includes the Chief Finance Officer,
Sylvester Alex Ongom, Engineering Assistant, Robert Okidi and Senior Accounts
Assistant, Douglas Ongwen in- charge Engineering Department.
The officials are accused of presenting false accountability of
about 46 Million shillings, part of 180 million shillings which was sent to the
district during the first quarter of the current financial year.
Col Edith Nakalema, the Head of the State House Anti-Corruption
unit said the officials are alleged to have embezzled the funds and presented
false accountability claiming to have spent the said money to finance part
construction work on the three roads.
Nakalema also ordered seven officials including acting District Engineer,
Edward Orech, Secretary Works, James Auna, Store Assistant, Geoffrey Odyek and
former CAO, Pius Epaju for interrogation by the police.
During the Wednesday public consultation meeting held at Amolatar district
headquarters, the district Internal Auditor, Nixon Obim pinned the officials of
allegedly embezzling the funds.
Obim told Nakalema and her team that he discovered that the
officials had falsely accounted for the 46M shillings since construction works
had not been done.
Geoffrey Ocen, former Vice Chairperson also a district councillor
representing Muntu Sub County welcomed the arrest of the officials.
He urged for more investigation in other departments saying a lot
of money have been mismanaged in the district.
The officials are being held in Lira Central Police Station
pending transfer to Kampala.