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More NUSAF officials to be arrested

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th November 2007 03:00 AM

MORE community facilitators and executive members of projects funded by the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) face arrest over allegations of corruption, embezzlement and mismanagement of funds.

MORE community facilitators and executive members of projects funded by the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) face arrest over allegations of corruption, embezzlement and mismanagement of funds.

By Patrick Okino

MORE community facilitators and executive members of projects funded by the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) face arrest over allegations of corruption, embezzlement and mismanagement of funds.

The police have arrested 20 facilitators, executive members of sub-projects and NUSAF officials in Acholi and Lango following the President’s directive to arrest culprits last month.

Addressing journalists at the district chambers recently, Franco Ojur, the district LC5 chairman, said some projects were not completed because the contractors and the Community Project Management Committee misused the funds.

Ojur is on the committee that is probing the misuse of NUSAF. William Wilber, a detective is heading the investigation in Kitgum district, while Haruna Ntambi heads the Lira team.

“The level of mismanagement of the funds is high and there is no accountability, yet the work has not been finished,” Ojur added.

He asked the community to give the team time to do the work. He also advised those who received the funds to account for them.

Those implicated include Christine Acura, Robert Oceng, Philip Obia, Geoffrey Opio, Geoffrey Omara and David Ochola. Others are Fred Owot, Ronald Anywar, Peter Ojara, Liliana Apoto, Dr Joel Ongebo, Florence Ocan and James Omara.

NUSAF is jointly funded by the World Bank and the Government to initiate development and reconstruction projects in 18 mother districts in Uganda. Over $100m (sh175b) has been invested in the project since 2003.

More NUSAF officials to be arrested

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