Officials on the spot over Shs32 million

KOLE. Officials of Alito Sub-county in Kole District are on the spot for allegedly failing to account for Shs32m meant for the rehabilitation of community access roads.
The Apac Anti-Corruption Coalition (TAACC), an NGO, recently said the officials received Shs42. 5m from Uganda Road Fund last year to rehabilitate community roads.
The organisation said the fund was to be used on Witim-Alake village road and Anekapiri Market-Obuto village road last year.
“Only bush clearing was done on Anekapiri to Obuto road at the cost of Shs9,800,000, therefore a balance of Shs32,612,610 is not accounted for,” Mr Tom Superman Opwonya, the TAACC’s executive director, said last week.
During a meeting last week, residents accused the district leadership of allowing the officials to get away with “open theft of public funds”.
Alito LC3 councillor Scovia Abwali, said: “Those who ‘swallowed’ it should be arrested, the money recovered and the roads worked on.”
Alito LC3 chairman Moses Ocilo claimed the unaccounted for money was on the sub-county account but declined to disclose how much of it was left, saying he was not the sub-county accounting officer. He said the district authorities failed to give the sub-county officials a grader, hence hindering work on the roads.
Resident District Commissioner Nahori Oyaa, said the sub-county officials should account for the money or face prosecution.