today's Pick
More staff come out and pin ActionAid bosses
Publish Date: Jul 06, 2014
More staff come out and pin ActionAid bosses
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Chris Kiwawulo

More ActionAid staff members have come out with information accusing managers of running down the organisation.

Two weeks ago, Saturday Vision ran an article about internal wrangles, a land deal and staff dismissals at ActionAid, Uganda.

After that story, an employee, who preferred anonymity, told Saturday Vision that the organisation was steadily going down the drain under the tutelage of country director Arthur Larok.

The employee accused Larok of positioning himself in such a way that no one can question his powers.

“ActionAid policy states that for one to become a member of the governing board, they must be elected. What recently happened is that they (top bosses) secretly looked for people whom they presented to the general assembly for endorsement,” the staff said.

The concerned employee also questioned the manner in which Larok chooses partners that ActionAid funds.

“The previous system was that partners must be pre-assessed. This year, he sent out a list of new partners, without notifying the old ones that he had pulled out. When Irene Kharono, the former programmes director, questioned it, she was served with a two-week exit notice,” the source said.

When contacted, Larok asked for details of the official who raised the issues ‘so that we get to them directly’.

Saturday Vision last month learnt that one of the officials in the organisation petitioned the international secretariat in South Africa, saying the humanitarian organisation had bought land at an allegedly inflated cost, without following proper procedures and that part of it was in a wetland.

The petition indicated that Larok and finance director Edward Iruura were behind the purchase of a one-acre piece of land at sseguku, Wakiso district, at sh600m ‘when the actual value was sh200m’.

However, ActionAid maintains that they did not violate any laws or organisation policy while purchasing the land.


Also related to this story

ActionAid sacks whistle-blower over land scandal

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pick your Pakasa access pass at New Vision offices
Access passes to the fourth edition of Vision Group’s Pakasa Forum on Saturday are now available at the New Vision reception on Plot 19/21, First Street, Industrial Area....
Museveni to pay  10% tuition hike for Makerere students
President Yoweri Museveni will shoulder the burden of paying the additional 10% fees slapped on the first year privately sponsored Makerere University students....
Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up
Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease....
Pope calls family of slain US journalist
Pope Francis called the family of slain US journalist James Foley on Thursday to offer his condolences, a Catholic priest close to the family said....
Man behind Ice Bucket Challenge dies in diving accident
ONE of the individuals behind the Ice Bucket Challenge to support Lou Gehrig's disease research has died in a diving accident...
Man gets 10 million dollars for wrongful conviction
A New York man was awarded $10 million after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, his lawyer said Wednesday....
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter