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District Engineer, Inspector On The Spot Over Non Payment of Road Gang Members

According to the residents, each of them was entitled to Shillings 10,000 per every 200 meters of the roads maintained. The residents have since petitioned Apac Anti-Corruption Coalition-TAAC, a local NGO operating in Apac district to help investigate and establish why they haven’t been paid. Nelson Okello, the district Engineer says the group must be verified before they can be paid.
Apac district road officials are under the spotlight over nonpayment of about 200 local residents who were in involved in road maintenance works. They are the Apac District Engineer, Nelson Okello and Roads inspector, Charles Oruro.    

Residents clam that there were contracted by the district roads department to maintain the 13km road stretching from Corner Amii in Ibuje Sub county to Apalamio landing on Lake Kwania in Apoi Sub County in 2017.

According to the residents, each of them was entitled to Shillings 10,000 per every 200 meters of the roads maintained. The residents have since petitioned Apac Anti-Corruption Coalition-TAAC, a local NGO operating in Apac district to help investigate and establish why they haven’t been paid.

Paul Acak, the Programs manager TAAC, suspects that the money could have been mismanaged. He says they held several engagements with the district officials and affected residents including holding a Public Accountability Forum to resolve on the matter.

Moses Ogwang, one of the affected residents, says their efforts to plead with the district authorities to clear their pay haven’t yielded results. Ogwang says initially both the District engineer and Roads inspector had denied contracting the residents for the road maintenance work, but acknowledged them after a series of engagement through TACC.

 

Nelson Okello, the District Engineer, says the group must be verified before they can be paid. He says his office wasn’t previously informed about the group’s pending payment. Paul Alyao, the Apac Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says they will the pay the group once they are verified. 

Alyao says government has already released money to pay the all road maintenance groups for the first the quarter of this financial year. He says they are also considering taking administrative actions to establish how the Shillings 2.9 million released to pay the road workers was spent.

On Friday, The Apac Anti-Corruption Coalition-TACC held a Public Accountability Forum in Ibuje Sub County where the accused officials were paraded before the affected residents.