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Inomo Sub County Chief Interdicted Over Unaccounted UGX 65 Million

Kwania Chief Administrative Officer Albina Awor accused Odongo of operating on remote and being implicated in corruption tendencies on several occasions. Awor said upon several warnings Odongo has remained adamant prompting interdiction.

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Herimos Odongo, the Inomo Sub County Chief in Kwania District is in trouble for alleged failure to account for over 50 million Shillings and abuse of office. Odongo has been interdicted by the Kwania Chief Administrative Officer -CAO Albina Awor and submitted to auditors for investigations about the money.

50 million Shillings was reportedly disbursed by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development as start up fund for operationalization of Inomo Town Council that was recently curved from the Inomo Sub County.  And 15 million shillings  subsequently disbursed for procurement of office equipment. The is alleged to have swindled.

An audit report by the Kwania district auditor indicates that Odongo on the 25th November, 2020 Odongo withdrew a sum of 50 million shillings from the Sub County A/C and only spent 7 million shillings to renovate the sun county offices for  which there was not value in terms of work (un)done.

The report further shows that the Sub County Chief Odongo used 15 million shillings to procure the office equipment without authorization contrary to the local government financial and accounting regulations. As a result, he has been interdicted pending the conclusion of investigation.

Kwania Chief Administrative Officer Albina Awor accused Odongo of operating on remote control, being logger headed and being implicated in corruption tendency on several occasions. Awor said upon several warnings Odongo has remained hard-headed prompting his interdiction.

According to Awor, Odongo’s interdiction takes effect on 21st December, 2020 and he is not allowed to step in office although he will receive half salary pay for the next six months as investigations into his alleged misconduct continue.

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She said a new Sub County Chief whom she identified only as Oceka has already been posted to Inomo Sub County to replace Odongo Herimos and this is done to address the service delivery gaps.

Odongo has confirmed his interdiction. He denies mismanaging the money, saying he was only implementing a council resolution, which approved the use of the money to defend a court case that arose over the proposed land for putting up the Sub County headquarters.

Douglas Abura, the Inomo Sub County LC III Chairperson, says he had earlier warned the subcounty chief about accountability but he didn’t heed to his warning.

Tom Yile, the Inomo Sub County Speaker, says Odongo has been implementing several activities without council approval. Yine is excited that the interdiction of the Sub County Chief Herimos Odongo will give room for a new person to implement council resolutions hence improving services to the community.

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