The end result of Akii Bua stadia funds: Lira CAO, Engineer grilled

This is how Akii Bua new stadium in Lira looks like. File photo.

Lira district Chief Administrative Officer [CAO], Mark Tivu and district engineer Mr Hudson Omoko were on Wednesday handed over to Kampala Police for questioning.

The two civil servants were handed over to Criminal Investigations Department of the Police after appearing before Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises [COASE] after giving unconvincing reports on how shillings 650 million for the preliminary works of Akii Bua Olympic Stadium was spent.

Lira district LC5 Chairperson, Alex Oremo Alot also appeared before the same committee who grilled them.

After an oath, Mr Tivu in response to committee members said the money was meant for preliminary works on the stadium – which included among others bush clearing and leveling the ground.

Hell however broke loose when the CAO told COSASE chaired by Anita Among – the Bukedea Woman MP that part of the money was used to compensate those who had planted their crops and trees on the land.

COASE argued that the land is for government and there was no need to compensate anybody [squatters].

This drew staid concerns from the MPs who questioned how a group of people would get compensation for cultivating and planting on a public land.

At this point, Mark Tivu responded: “I got a directive from the then Minister of Education and Sports madam Jessica Alupo after some people complained.”

But contradicting evidence from the CAO got the eyebrows of the MPs itching especially when he said some of the money went into reclamation work since the land was “swampy and virgin”.

A member then wondered how a land that was swampy and virgin could also have crops at the same time and people settling on it.

Later, rules of procedure 208 were invoked to have the CAO and his engineer Hudson Omoko handed over to CIID for thorough questioning.

The committee also faulted CAO for spending parts of the funds to hire a private valuer to determine compensation rates instead of the chief government valuer.

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Both CAO and Eng. Omoko also admitted before the committee that they undertook the delegated work on Akii-Bua without any architectural design, leaving MPs to question the yard stick used to determine the position of the toilet and the terrace (pavilion)

On 30, October this year, COSASE also ordered for the questioning of Lameck Omara Apita, a commissioner in charge physical education in the Ministry of Education and Sports after he failed to explain how shillings 650 million meant for Akii-bua was utilized.

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