John Bosco Opio, the deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Napak says they will subject the officer to disciplinary action as police continues with investigations.
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James Bala, a NUSAF3 Community Facilitator for Kongonyang Water
shade in Ngoleriet Sub County, Napak District has refunded 8.5 million shillings
he allegedly embezzled.
Bala was arrested by police in Kangole Central Police Station last week for
withdrawing the money meant for paying Emorikikinos Kapei and Lokonyakumes
It is reported that after withdrawing the money, Bala and the signatories to bank
account paid themselves transport worth 200,000 shillings and later handed over
the balance to the group chairperson, Helen Angela instead of the treasurer,
Agnes Chila as required in the NUSAF3 guidelines.
He is reported to have picked the same money from the chairperson
of the group in pretext that he was going to pay the group members at the sub-county.
His luck, however, ran out when members of the group mounted pressure on the
group top leadership, demanding for pay since money had been withdrawn.
Michael Ongica, the District Police Commander, Napak says Bala
agreed to refund the money.
He told URN that they are waiting for instructions from the district to
continue with the case.
John Bosco Opio, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Napak says they will
subject Bala to disciplinary action as police continues with investigations.
He notes that the district is interested in finding out the motive behind such
unprofessional conduct. He also revealed that the district is engaging the
Inspectorate of Government to investigate NUSAF3 implementations in the
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Under the NUSAF3 design, while workers are paid a daily wage, part of the money
is withheld and saved into specific account. The savings will then be accessed
after the project works.
However, NUSAF 3 implementation has had challenges in Napak district. In
January this year, the district reshuffled all NUSAF3 desk officers including
Gilbert Longole, the engineer in charge project works who was interdicted over
Most of the concerns surrounding NUSAF3 implementation rotate
around accountability, shoddy work and delay in payment of community members
NUSAF 3 has been engaging locals in community activities as one way of fighting
poverty and improving welfare in families. The project employs community
members to open access roads, dig water ponds and set nursery beds among others
for financing projects.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
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