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Adilang chairman to refund sh25m

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th October 2008 03:00 AM

THE Inspectorate of Government has given Pader chief administrative officer three months to recover sh25m from the Adilang sub-county chairman, Raymond Okot.

THE Inspectorate of Government has given Pader chief administrative officer three months to recover sh25m from the Adilang sub-county chairman, Raymond Okot.

By James Odongo

THE Inspectorate of Government has given Pader chief administrative officer three months to recover sh25m from the Adilang sub-county chairman, Raymond Okot.

In a letter to the Pader CAO, deputy inspector general of government Raphael Baku Obudra said the money accrued from a 10-year lease of land to Celtel Uganda, now Zain Uganda, for the installation of its mast at Mugila Hill.
Baku faulted Okot for signing the lease agreement between Celtel Uganda, now Zain Uganda and Adilang sub-county.

“It was irregular for the sub-county chairperson to sign the lease agreement instead of the sub-county chief who is provided for in the Local Government Act, as the Head and Accounting Officer of the sub-county,” Baku said of the December 18 agreement.

Baku said by agreeing to open a development account with a member of the executive as a cosignatory, Okot and his executive contravened the Local Government Financial and Accounting Regulations which specify that: “Signatories to the bank account shall be the sub county chief and any two signatories chosen by the executive committee, none of whom shall be the chairperson, councillor or any member of the executive committee.

Baku said investigations established that Adilang sub-county authorities irregularly spent sh5.3m without the use of payment vouchers. He also accused Adilang sub-county executive of assuming the role of the sub-county chief and accountant.

“The sub-county executive should be held liable for any loss that was caused to the sub county in this project and should make good the loss,” Baku directed.

He also condemned the requisition of sh4.8m to fund various transactions, among which was the payment of sh2m to Stephen Kazooba, the then representative of Celtel Uganda.

Adilang chairman to refund sh25m

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