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Karamoja LC5 Chairpersons Reveal Why They Refused The Gov’t Iron Sheets

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By Steven Ariong

The district chairpersons of Karamoja region have said the team from office of the prime minister had earlier on proposed to give 500 iron sheets to each district chairperson of Karamoja and 1,500 iron sheets to each member of parliament for Karamoja to distribute to their favorite persons, a move they say they declined to accept.

John Paul Kodet the chairperson of Napak district was among the first LCV chairpersons to reject the proposal to receive 500 iron sheets and he warned his MPs that he will not be  party to the deal of receiving the iron sheets.

Speaking to this website, Jino meri the district chairperson Kaabong says although they had written to the office of the prime minister through the office of minister for Karamoja affairs requesting for iron sheets to distribute to the vulnerable youth but supervised by the OPM team, they were surprised that the iron sheets had already reached to Manafa.

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According to Meri, even the payments which were supposed to have been done by office of the prime minister to the people who worked hard to generate the list for the beneficiaries have never been affected.

“Its only people of Karenga who received the payments, so the whole thing is just full of thuggery,” Meri recounted.

Paul Lokol the chairperson Nabilatuk district says as the district chairpersons with members of parliament they halted the whole process of distributing the iron sheets until the clear list of the beneficiaries is generated.

“If our Mps also betrayed us at night we shall be in the know”- says Lokol

Minister for Karamoja affairs Ms Marry Goreti Kitutu is currently under fire for allegedly diverting iron sheets meant for the people of Karamoja and distributed them to her political supporters in Manafwa district.

Her mother, brother, nephew and store man have since been arrested by the state house anti corruption unit after a whistleblower raised the the alarms.

So far a total of 400 iron sheets with the branded with OPM have been recovered from various places including schools and the homes of her political supporters.

After the incident the district chairpersons and the general public of Karamoja have wondered how the whole minister diverted items meant to support the Karimojong reformed cattle rustlers to her constituency.

Meanwhile Moses Lokut a resident in Moroto town urged the state house Anti corruption unit to pick interest and consider investigating members of parliament from Karamoja region claiming they might have got a share of the iron sheets in darkness.

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