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Health Center in-charge Under Investigation for Alleged Diversion of Food for Nodding Syndrome Victims :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Health Center in-charge Under Investigation for Alleged Diversion of Food for Nodding Syndrome Victims

Bosco Peter Ali, the LCIII of Lapul Sub-County said on October 16th, that Samson Ocaya, in charge of Atanga HC III, took only 350 kilograms of maize flour to Lapul Health Center III instead of 500 kilograms.
26 Oct 2023 11:39

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Police in Pader district are investigating the in-charge of Atanga Health Center III for the alleged diversion of maize flour meant for 42 children suffering from nodding syndrome in Lapul Sub-County.

On August 10, 2023, the Chief Administrative Officer-CAO of Pader District wrote a letter to the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM requesting relief food for families affected by nodding syndrome in the district.

In response, the OPM delivered 20,000 kilograms of maize flour on September 18th, with strict instructions that the consignment was not meant for the general population, but for “targeted distribution to ONLY families and persons affected by nodding syndrome.”

A note written on October 13th by the District Health Officer acknowledging receipt of the maize flour indicates that 100 kilograms was meant for greater Acholibur, 3,500 kilograms for Angagura sub-county, 5,500 for Greater Atanga, 7,500 for Greater Awere, 2,200 for greater Laguti, 2,500 for greater Puranga, 300 for Pader Sub-County, 500 kilograms for Lapul and 150 kilograms for Bongtiko Sub-County.

However, Bosco Peter Ali, the LC III of Lapul Sub-County said on October 16th, that Samson Ocaya, in charge of Atanga HC III, took only 350 kilograms of maize flour to Lapul Health Center III instead of 500 kilograms.

Ali said upon calling Ocaya, he claimed that he took the 150 kilograms to the Bongtiko sub-county, but the LCIII of Bongotiko said the 150 kilograms delivered to them were designated for them.

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In a letter dated October 22, Ali wrote to the RDC of Pader District, Milton Odongo, about the irregularity, and requested his office “to trace where the one hundred and fifty kilo[grams] of posho is left.”

Ali revealed that the 350 kilograms of maize flour have already been distributed to the beneficiaries so that they don’t go bad, but urged the authorities to trace the missing kilograms.

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On Wednesday, the 25th Odongo wrote to the District Police Commander, to investigate and arrest the suspects, saying the 42 children are vulnerable and the 350 kgs will of maize flour not be enough to feed them.

Odongo told URN that the suspect had already confessed to an anonymous source that he diverted the maize flour and that the suspect’s wife also inadvertently confessed to someone that the maize flour that her husband took home was not much.

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Odongo said the police are making preparations to pick the suspect to record a statement.

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Abrahams Tukundane, the DPC of Pader district, told Uganda Radio Network that investigations into the matter have started.

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Attempts to get a comment from the suspect, Samson Ocaya, failed as he didn’t pick up his calls.

Statistics from the district indicate that there are at least 1,548 households with children suffering from nodding syndrome, with others having more than one patient.     

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