District official flees over missing road funds

Apac.

An engineer at Apac District on Wednesday survived lynching after residents stormed his office on allegations that he embezzled Shs18 million meant for the construction of two community access roads.

Mr Humphrey Ogwang, the acting supervisor of works and roads, reportedly went into hiding after residents asked him to refund the money, or complete the 14- kilometre road in Nambieso Sub-county immediately.

Residents led by the sub-county speaker, Mr Richard Etok, had petitioned the Apac Anti-Corruption Coalition (TAACC) to produce the engineer and his collaborators.

Consequently, TAACC summoned Mr Ogwang to face the residents at a meeting at Ojok Beridwogo Trading Centre. However, according to TAACC executive director Tom Superman Opwonya, the accused never showed up and his phone was reportedly switched off.

The engineering assistant in-charge of building, Mr J.J Okwir, attempted to save Mr Ogwang, saying he had travelled on official duty outside the district but the residents booed him .

Mr Emmanuel Adui, the District Internal Security Officer, said before money was released to the sub-county, a certificate was forged, showing that the road was done.

The deputy Resident District Commissioner, Mr Ambrose Onoria, who sided with the residents, noted that a lot of money was being “eaten” by some corrupt individuals as soon as government releases it.

The chairperson works and technical services, Ms Jobal Caroline Adong, said: “The money was released and no work is done. They should be answerable.”

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR

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