Eight Data entrants from Arua city who were charged
with the responsibility of registering vulnerable people have requested to refund
the 100,000 shillings that they got irregularly.
The data entrants where today appearing before the
Public Accounts Committee on Local Government chaired by Bar dege-Layibi MP
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi alongside Arua city officials.
The committee is probing
the fraudulent process of registering beneficiaries meant to receive the
COVID-19 relief of 100,000 shillings.
The committee however established that the same
people who were charged with registering names chose to register their names
first, as beneficiaries taking advantage of the system.
However, most all of the data entrants told the
committee that they are all volunteers in Arua city and they needed the money. Of
the 14 data entrants from Arua city, 8 said they are willing to return back the
money and that what they did was regrettable.
Some of the data entrants are Mikail Adam Juma,
Komuntale Shamim, John Henry, Donna Munguci, Godfrey Oyimidri, John Dominic
and Sandra Fariyo.
Each of them admitted one by one that they used
their positions to put their names.
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The committee was however told by the data entrants
that they were working in the district as volunteers, and they are not paid.
The chairperson Mapenduzi questioned why the whole
process was left to the volunteers. However, the City officials said that the
task was given to the statisticians.
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On those who wanted to refund the money before the
the committee, the chairperson said that they have opened up an inquiry with the
Criminal investigations department of Parliament, and people who handle the
issue of receiving money will handle it but not MPs.
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Noah Kemisi Muzaid, the Central Division Mayor Arua said it is sad that the data entrants did that and
even refunding the money can not help. He said that sadly the people in charge
of identifying data entrants went for the cheaper option in volunteers.
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Meanwhile, the committee also queried how hundreds
of female boda boda riders were registered to receive the 100,000 shillings and
yet there are only two female boda boda riders in Arua.
The data entrants and three Arua City officials where taken to record statements with the CID even as the committee looks at if they are to refund the money.