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State House Anti-Corruption Unit Cracks Whip in Moroto

Nakalema noted that her visit was informed by several complaints especially regarding issues at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital and boreholes that were allegedly not drilled. Other concerns were illegal recruitment of staff, misplaced priorities affecting smooth operations in the hospital and procurement-related issues.
Judith Nantale, OC CID Moroto with police detectives after Nakalema ordering her arrest.

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The State House Anti- Corruption Unit has handed over 13 officials from Moroto to the police for investigations.

They are Dr Phillip Akunguru attached to Moroto Regional Referral Hospital who is accused for allegedly stealing government drugs and conducting illegal operations and Judith Nantale, the officer in charge criminal investigation at in Moroto district who was faulted for failing to investigate illegal operations of Dr Akunguru at his Clinic at Nakapelimen.

The others under investigations are the Human Resource Officer of Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, Denis Katinda, the Principal Hospital Administrator, Godfrey Mawa, Senior Hospital Administrator Otim Oleo, the Hospital Accountant, Joyce Faleo and the procurement officer, Ronald Opio.

Others are acting Moroto District Water Officer, Musa Lowot, District Planner, Polar Opio, Internal Auditor, Julius Orum and the District Procurement Officer, Joseph Maruk.

They are accused of meddling in the drilling of three boreholes meant for Nadunget Sub County and one for Rupa Sub County.

Lt. Col. Judith Nakalema, the head of the unit noted that her visit was informed by several complaints especially regarding issues at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital and boreholes that were allegedly not drilled.

Other concerns were illegal recruitment of staff, misplaced priorities affecting smooth operations in the hospital and procurement-related issues.

During interrogations, the team discovered that Moroto Regional Referral Hospital management organised a staff party at 12 million shillings in 2018. It was also discovered that the hospital management prioritized on sponsoring its team for games in Soroti at 20 million shillings, which affected the budget of the hospital.

It was also established that the hospital ambulance ran out of fuel forcing the driver to park it at his home for days in Matany.

Other allegations in the hospital include drug stock-outs, withholding salaries of some staff to compel them to throw kickbacks and nepotism where some staff allegedly joined payroll without passing through Health Service Commission or Public Service.

Nakalema said that her office is determined in cleaning up the mess in government institutions. 

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