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Flood Affected Families Raise Red Flag Over Disappearance of Food Relief

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Joseph Otika, the Lorikwor East village Defense Secretary points accusing fingers the GISO, Geoffrey Peter Irra and Parish Chief, William Bongomin of playing a syndicate to fraudulently deny the registered beneficiaries from accessing the relief food.
22 Dec 2020 12:42
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru RDC jumping over flood water in front of Elegu Central Police Station - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Hundreds of families devastated by floods in Elegu Town Council in Amuru District have raised a red flag over the disappearance of more than three tons of relief food deliver by the government.

The food included 20 bags of maize flour and 10 kilograms of beans each containing 100 kilograms. It was part of 17.5 tons of relief food supplied to the flood victims by Office of the Prime Minister – OPM under the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness in November.


Joseph Otika, the Lorikwor East village Defense Secretary points accusing fingers the GISO, Geoffrey Peter Irra and Parish Chief, William Bongomin of playing a syndicate to fraudulently deny the registered beneficiaries from accessing the relief food. 

Otika told URN that the duo conspired and locked up the food store at Elegu Primary School during distribution and disappeared claiming that the food was over.

He, however, says the two returned and ferried several bags of the relief food for alleged distribution to police officers.

 

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Angered by the act, David Otto, a concerned resident reported the matter to Elegu Police Station vide case file GEF 04/2020.

Later, several bags of beans and maize flour that were purportedly supplied to police officers were recovered from shops in Elegu central market.  

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The GISO Geoffrey Peter Irra has denied the accusations, saying they only gave the police part of the relief food. Amuru Resident District Commissioner – RDC Geoffrey Osborn Oceng confirmed the disappearance of the relief food, adding that he has ordered for expeditious investigations to bring the culprits to book.

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Eng. Hillary Onek, the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees told URN in an interview that the Ministry delivered non-food items but they were insufficient to meet the demands of the affected families.

Other aggrieved residents want thorough auditing conducted on all the relief aid delivered to them. They argue that the non-food items like jerry cans, tarpaulins and mosquito nets have disappeared from the stores before being distributed.