Arua Village Chairpersons Arrested for Defrauding Residents

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The newly launched cattle restocking program gives Village chairpersons, executives and parish chiefs the mandate to identify vulnerable people to benefit from it. At least six needy families are selected in each parish.

At Least Six LC1 chairpersons in Manibe Sub County, Arua district have been arrested for allegedly defrauding residents who wanted to benefit from the cattle restocking program.

The newly launched cattle restocking program gives Village chairpersons, executives and parish chiefs the mandate to identify vulnerable people to benefit from it. At least six needy families are selected in each parish.

Arua district has been allocated over Ugx 1Billion to facilitate implementation of the program. According Luiji Candini, the district secretary for production, a total of 966 head of cattle would be supplied to the district by office through the office of the Prime Minister.

However Jonathan Musinguzi, the Arua district police commander observes that complaints have been lodged against some of the leaders who reportedly asked for money from selected individuals to have them included on the list of beneficiaries.

One such complaint was filed by Marcelo Alitia, one of the residents who paid Ugx 50,000 to a village chairman and is now pleading for a refund after realizing that he was trapped.
 
The arrested persons have already been charged with bribery and obstruction of government program.

But Musinguzi says that prior investigations indicate that the fraud even extended beyond Manibe Sub County.  He however declined to identify the arrested individuals saying this may alarm their accomplices who are still at large.
 
However, Arua district LC 5 chairperson Wadri Sam Nyakua says that because of such anomalies, submitted names of selected beneficiaries in 12 sub counties have been differed for scrutiny, a development which is delaying the program further.

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Meanwhile authorities in Manibe Sub County where the LC’s have been arrested have called for faster prosecution of the suspects. John Atibuni, the district councilor representing Manibe Sub County says the LC’s have tarnished the name of the sub county and the people.

 

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