Tension was already high by Monday evening when official communication came in indicating that the team would be meeting Moroto District Officials today. By 12:30pm, Moroto Chamber Hall, the venue for the meeting was almost empty as officers scattered to make consultations in small groups of three to five people.
Moroto RRH Board chair, Mark Aol Musooka and Area Manager for NWSC Moroto, Joseph Nyimalima making calls at venue ahead of Nakalema's arrival.
Tension is high in
Moroto district following a decision by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the
State House Anti-Corruption Unit to pitch camp in Karamoja.
Nakalema’s visit to Karamoja region started trickling in last week.
Tension was already
high by Monday evening when official communication came in indicating that the
team would be meeting Moroto District Officials today. By 12:30pm, Moroto
Chamber Hall, the venue for the meeting was almost empty as officers scattered
to make consultations in small groups of three to five people.
Others kept moving
from one seat seeking more information about Nakalema’s visit. The Moroto Chief
Administrative Officer, Charles Kumakech was seen consulting with the District
Engineer and other heads of department. The Moroto Regional
Referral Hospital Director, Dr. Alfred Francis Ogwag was also in talks with his
board chair, Mark Aol Musooka and other staff in the hospital.
Some of the
officers were seen in groups with police detectives and other security operatives
as they waited for Nkalema’s arrival. At the district and
Municipal headquarters, almost all offices were empty as the occupants paced up
and down, awaiting Nakalema’s arrival.
At the district and municipal notice
boards, details of central government grant transfers for the first quarter of the
2019/2020 financial year were pinned by Monday, which hasn’t been the practice. Stanley Eroku, the
spokesman of the State House Anti-Corruption unit, says the team is in Moroto
for a Barraza.
Asked if there were specific spots or offices of interest, Eroku
said it was too early to comment on such matters.
However, information obtained from some sources in Moroto indicates that the
unit is interested in among others construction of staff houses and maternity
ward at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.
This is the first time the unit is
setting foot in Karamoja since its launch in December 2018. The team has in the
past picked up several civil servants for bungling up government projects and
theft of public funds.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
Living the Pen