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Amolatar District Blocked from Purchasing Vehicle for CAO's Office

The district was in the process of purchasing the vehicle at the cost of 180 million Shillings. But a section of district councilors headed by Geoffrey Ocen, the former district Vice chairperson filed a petition in court, challenging the purchase.

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Amolatar district has been blocked from purchasing a motor vehicle for the office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

The district was in the process of purchasing the vehicle at the cost of 180 million Shillings. But a section of district councilors headed by Geoffrey Ocen, the former district Vice chairperson filed a petition in court, challenging the purchase.

Ocen argued that the said money was never budgeted for in 2018/2019 financial year. He added that instead, the available money was supposed to facilitate the construction of maternity wards at Nakatiti, Arwotcek Health Center II's and completion of a classroom block at Agwingiri Primary School.

Joyce Akello another district councilor says the decision to purchase the vehicle was never approved by the district council. Akello cautions that diverting the money is likely to affect social service delivery across the district. She demanded that the purchase is deferred until the new financial year.

Based on the petition, Lira High Court Deputy Registrar Rosemary Abireebe granted an interim injunction for 90-days barring the district from purchasing the vehicle.

However, Joel Okao Tema, the district spokesperson says the decision to purchase the vehicle was approved by the District Executive Committee chaired by the LCV chairperson Simon Ongom. Okao noted that the DEC had already rescinded its previous decision and halted the purchase of the vehicle.

 

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Recently, Pius Epaju, the Amolatar district Chief Administration Officer was sent on forced leave following an allegation of financial embezzlement for money totaling about 1.5 billion Shillings.

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