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State H’se Anti-corruption Unit Arrests Three District Bosses Over Alleged Embezzlement

Three Amolatar District officials have been arrested by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit over alleged embezzlement of about 46 Million shillings.

The said money was meant to finance constructions of three community roads including a road stretching from Amolatar town to Amai Hospital about 11km, a road from Odyak Trading Centre to Kitaleba landing site in Muntu Sub County and a road stretching from Amolatar health centre to Abeja Landing site in Arwotcek Sub County.

Among those in custody includes the Chief Finance Officer, Sylvester Alex Ongom, Engineering Assistant, Robert Okidi and Senior Accounts Assistant, Douglas Ongwen in- charge Engineering Department.

The officials are accused of presenting false accountability of about 46 Million shillings, part of about 180M shillings which was sent to the district during the first quarter of this current financial year.

Col Edith Nakalema, the commander of State House Anti-Corruption unit said the arrested officials are alleged to have embezzled the funds and presented false accountability claiming to have spent the said money to finance part construction work on the three roads.

Nakalema also ordered seven officials including acting District Engineer, Edward Orech, Secretary Works, James Auna, Store Assistant, Geoffrey Odyek and former CAO, Pius Epaju for interrogation by the police.

During the Wednesday public consultation held at Amolatar district headquarters, the district Internal Auditor, Nixon Obim pinned the officials of allegedly embezzling the funds.

Obim told Nakalema and her team that he discovered that the officials had falsely accounted for the 46M shillings since construction works had not been done. 

Geoffrey Ocen, former Vice Chairperson also a district councillor representing Muntu Sub County welcomed the arrest of the officials.

He urged for more investigation in other departments saying a lot of money have been mismanaged in the district.

The officials are being held in Lira Central Police Station pending relocation to Kampala for further management.

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