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Zombo District Officials Arrested for Failing to Account for UGX 3.5b

Police in Arua in Conjunction with their counterparts in Parliament have arrested four officials from Zombo district after they failed to account for over 3.5 billion shillings advanced for service delivery in the district.
31 May 2014 13:27

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Police in Arua in conjunction with their counterparts in Parliament have arrested four officials from Zombo district after they failed to account for over 3.5 billion shillings advanced for service delivery in the district.

 

The officials were arrested on Friday on orders of the Members of Parliament on local government accounts committee. They had failed to answer queries raised on the accountability submitted by the district officials to the Auditor General in Arua.

 

The funds not accounted for were meant for construction of roads, classrooms, drilling of boreholes and health centers among others.

 

The arrested and detained officials include, Jose Jimmy Walamoe and Eriab Bagumya all former Chief Administrative Officers now transferred, Michael Kerimundu Chief Finance Officer and Young Openjuru, the district engineer.

 

The MPs led by Maxwell Akora, the deputy chairperson of local government accounts committee of Parliament asked the officials to explain how the funds were spent. Jose Jimmy Walamoe in whose regime the funds were utilized failed to show evidence of how the funds were used only saying all activities were well implemented.

 

Because the former CAO indicated that all the activities were implemented and by the time when auditors visited the sites accountabilities were not given the MPs asked him and the team to produce evidence which was not readily available.

 

This forced the MP Akora to ask the CID to arrest and investigate the team from Zombo district  adding there is intention of criminality in the whole arrangement.

 

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But before their arrest, the district engineer, Young Openjuru, attempted to explain how the funds were utilized but his explanation failed to convince the MPs because he had no evidence.

 

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However Terego County MP Kasiano Wadri, who is the chairperson of government assurance and state enterprises, says he is disappointed with the way the district officials in Zombo are behaving.

 

The arrest of four officials from Zombo district brings to 10 the number of officials who have been arrested since the MPs started to examine district leaders in West Nile over audit queries raised by the Auditor General. The first six were arrested from Koboko and Maracha districts and they have been released on police bond.

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