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Amudat District Officials In Hot Soup Over Trachoma Cash

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By Joseph Lokut

AMUDAT: Panic has gripped the district officials of Amudat following investigations on the methods they used to receive Shs80m meant for paying village health workers for their tireless work on administering drugs.

Without following the rightful procedures, the district health team collected bank accounts from teachers in Amudat who are not even VHTs and used their accounts to receive money instead of using a rightfull channel of using local government accounts.

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This website learnt that money was deposited in the private teachers accounts and made them to sign attendance lists claiming to be village health team workers.

According to the high profile source in the district who requested to spoke on condition of anonymity says some teachers account received Shs3million others 10 million which the teachers were transported to various banks to withdraw the money and hand over to the health team led by the health inspector only identified as Elimu.

The source added that the money was paid by RTI organisation through UNICEF to the district of Amudat.

“Its not allowed to use individuals accounts to channel money which is for another activity because civil servants are only entitled to receive money which is meant for the work they have done.

Emmanuel Oyuku the acting Chief Administrative Officer Amudat confirmed the development saying they were trying to avoid money going back since the financial year was coming to an end.

“Those people who recieved the money are the VHTs whom we advanced that money for carrying out that activity”-he said.

According to Oyuku, they couldn’t keep all the Shs80m in the district account claiming the district account is only allowed to receive up to 40m not 80m.

Dr Patrick Sagaki the district health officer Amudat confirmed that the money was channeled to the teachers accounts given the fact that they are civil servants.

However, this method has not gone well with the office of the resident district commissioner Amudat directing the district internal security officer and Police to carry out investigations and whoever is involved in the transaction should be arrested.

Rtd Major Betty Akello the resident district commisioner Amudat said the process is the way of stealing  funds.

“We shall need to know who are the rightful beneficiaries and how can teachers become VHTs, what time are they supposed to be in class and what time they’re in the villages distributing drugs”-she questioned

Joseph Lobot the district LCV chairperson Amudat says he was not aware that the money meant for VHTs payment had been released.

“What I knew was that the money was supposed to be released in July as we discussed with the ministry and the people of RTI now this being done behind my back is not correct”-Lobot reveals.

This website could not verify whether the money reached to the VHTs but one of the teachers who received the money says they handed over money to the health officials at the district.

“I received Shs3million in my account and I withdrew it handed over to the  district health team and i was only given Shs100,000”-one of the teachers told this publication.

Now the concern locals have demanded the state house Anticorruption unit to intervene on the matter and also investigate the team from RTI on how they accept to send such money to individuals accounts.

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