Olum draws another salary from Arua Regional Referral Hospital where he also serves as an internal auditor. This came to limelight on Tuesday in a meeting convened by the State House Anti- Corruption Unit led by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema.
Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema on arrival to Moroto on Tuesday.
Eric Olum, the Internal
Auditor Moroto Regional Referral Hospital is drawing salaries from two
government institutions, according to the State House Anti- Corruption Unit.
Olum draws another salary from Arua Regional Referral
Hospital where he also serves as an internal auditor. This came to limelight on
Tuesday in a meeting convened by the State House Anti- Corruption Unit led by Lt. Col. Edith
Oluma’s case came to limelight following a number of
allegations of financial impropriety at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital. The team
is investigating cases where the hospital management spent Shillings 12 million
on a staff leaving the hospital in darkness.
There are also allegations that the hospital spent Shillings
20 million on a football match when there were shortages at the hospital like
fuel for the ambulance. Other issues include withholding salaries of new staff
to compel them to pay kickback.
These and other issues were expected in the internal audit
report from the hospital, which according to Nakalema’s unit wasn’t done by the
officer. It was also alleged that the hospital
procurement processes were not followed especially on the repair of one car at
Shillings 14 million and recruitment of relatives without passing through the
Health Service Commission.
Some of the staff were said to be working without
contracts, which put the role of the Internal Auditor under the spotlight. Nakalema said that while the officer was drawing two
salaries, he was ineffective in his roles and responsibilities. The Principal
Hospital Administrator of Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Michael Odur couldn’t
be reached for comment as he neither picked nor returned calls from our
Although Oluma is among the officers being investigated by
the unit, it is not clear which hospital Oluma is officially deployed to work
in. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Senior Public Relations Officer in
the Ministry of Health told URN on phone that he is not aware of such deployments,
which he noted were illegal.
“Those hospitals have accounting officers and each of them
should explain why they chose to work with one officer in the audit.
First of all, sharing of staff and double pay of salaries is illegal and
requires serious action from the accounting officers of respective hospitals”,
By on Wednesday evening, seven employees of Moroto Regional
Referral Hospital were still writing statements with police after spending a
night in custody. Nakalema ordered the arrest and investigation of the
Principal Hospital Administrator, Godfrey Mawa, Senior Hospital Administrator,
James Otim, Human Resource Officer, Denis Katinda, Procurement Officer, Ronald
Opio, Hospital Accountant, Joyce Faleya and Dr. Phillip Akunguru.
Others were the Officer in Charge Criminal Investigations in
Moroto district, Judith Nantale and four Moroto district officials
Bureau Chief, Soroti
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