Members of Parliament on Local government accounts committee sitting at Lira Council Hall on Thursday ordered for an immediate, special inquiry into the misappropriation of over shs.500 million in Apac district local government.
The Committee found that part of the money amounting to over shs.150 million reportedly went to private accounts of some district officials on orders of the interdicted Chief Finance Officer [CFO], Gapson Yeko Ogwal.
Yet again, over shs.400 million were spent on what the committee referred to as wasteful expenditures on procurement without authentic documentations.
In his recommendation, the committee chairperson, Honorable Reagan Okumu who’s also the Aswa County MP, declared that all the accountability documents presented before them for Apac district was fake and can’t be relied on.
Ajuri County MP, Hamson Obua tasked the Apac Chief Administrative Officer [CAO] Ms. Stella Abyeto to clarify why she was silent on drug thefts in Apac not until the Health Monitoring Unit team from the Office of the President had to discover the theft.
In her response, Abyeto instead faulted the police in Apac for being slow with their investigation. She says she has been reporting all the frauds in her district to Police.
The committee also discovered that there is a high level of system crime in Apac where district officials connive with officers in charge finances swindle public funds.
“There are many unique things with Apac. How can government funds be transferred to individual accounts? All these districts have government accounts so now if our system can now access individual accounts in a particular district then that means the system has been broken and people at the Ministry of Finance are aware therefore and it means the Apac syndicate is more dangerous than that of other districts,” Okumu noted.
Currently, two staff of Apac district notably the Chief Finance Officer Mr. Gapson Yeko Ogwal and Senior Accountant, Loy Abang are on veto after authorizing payment of over shs.800 million unlawfully to some staff private accounts.