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Kotido district officials handed to police for alleged shs85m financial loss

Paul Lotee Komol, the Kotido district LC5 chairperson said Dr. Longoli is one of the persons he had trust in during the distribution of goats, revealing it is so disappointing to net him in such scandals.
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Onekalit Denis Abere, MP for Kitgum municipality during the interrogation of technical staff.. Photo by Owiny Hope/TND News.

Last Updated on: 24th March 2023, 12:13 pm

The presidential affairs committee investigating the mismanagement of Karamoja items has handed over three district technical staff to police.

The presidential affairs committee went to Kotido to investigate the alleged mismanagement of Karamoja items.

They later handed over three technical staff of Kotido district local government to police for further investigations and prosecution.

Last year, the 11th parliament appropriated shs39.9 billion for response to Karamoja problems. The money was meant for buying goats and iron sheets and the balance for the disarmament exercise in Karamoja sub-region.

While probing the mismanagement of the items aforementioned in Kotido, Onekalit Denis Abere, the Member of Parliament for Kitgum municipality and chairperson for sub-committee doing investigations in Karenga, Kaabong and Kotido, errors.

He later handed over the district veterinary officer Dr. Joseph Longoli, the district store attendant Daacta David and district internal auditor, Ochen David Aleper for providing uncoordinated information about the goats that were supplied to the district.

According to the documents presented before the sub-committee, the trio acknowledged receipt of 3,300 goats from Namorotot general company limited. This company was contracted to supply 3,000 goats only. 

As a result, the government paid extra money amounting to shs85,500,000 to the company causing the government a financial loss of the same amount.

Dr. Joseph Longoli, while responding, said that the error was from the contact manager in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) who did not give proper guidance after rejecting the first requisition for payment.

Longoli’s explanation did not convince the committee at all.

MP Onekalit said that they have handed over two more technical staff from Karenga and three from Kaabong to police because of the magnitude of the mismatch of information they have given.

He added that the committee also ordered for the reprimand of Robert Kennedy Okuda on his arrival to the district over the same matter.

Paul Lotee Komol, the Kotido district LC5 chairperson said Dr. Longoli is one of the persons he had trust in during the distribution of goats, revealing it is so disappointing to net him in such scandals.

The trio was whisked away by police immediately after the meeting.

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