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Gulu L.C V Chairperson, Christopher Ateker walks through Palyec-Rwot Obilo road whose funds were allegedly mismanaged.

Gulu NUSAF III Officials On Spot Over UGX 11 Billion

Gulu |The Northern Link UG | Gulu District has launched investigations into the mismanagement of 11 billion shillings disbursed in 2016 for Northern Uganda Social Action Fund-NUSAF 111 projects.

The projects include construction of 4.5 km Rwot-Obilo –Palyec road at a tune of 61 million shillings, institutional greening of Zion City Nursery and Primary school at 22.5 million shillings, and Cet Kana Primary School at 50 million shillings.

Others are institutional greening of Bungatira Sub County headquarters at 52 million and Rwot Obilo health center 11 at 50 million shillings among others.

Our reporter visited all the above-named projects and found no work has been done despite evidence showing that the money had been spent.

Opiyo Christopher Ateker, the Gulu District L.C V Chairperson said he was shocked to visit the different sites and find no work was done.

“The whole thing is really alarming. O paper they are very smart, they have disbursed the money and written their reports saying they have executed the duty but come on the ground, there is nothing. You ask yourself, who are the supervisors,” Opiyo said.

Opiyo now wants Colonel Edith Nakalema, the head of the statehouse Anti –Corruption unit to investigate the matter.

Ojara Lutada, the L.C 111 Chairperson Bungatira Sub County backed Opiyo saying over 1 billion shillings meant for his sub-county were corrupted. Lutada said the intended project beneficiaries are not even aware of the activities.

“Where need be, Nakalema ( head of a statehouse Anti –Corruption unit) should come to the ground and see for herself. There is no value for money,” He said.

Goretti Okech, the Gulu district Nusaf III Desk Officer, blamed the projects’ failure on the community’s poor attitude.

She explained that the challenge is that the lay person’s understanding of value for money is different from the World Bank’s understanding in the case of NUSAF 111.

Oketch added that NUSAF 111 states that 70% of the budget allocation will be spent on wages or transfers for participants.

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