Teso MPs Demand Accountability for Road Works Budget

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The Teso Parliamentary Group wants Government to investigate the circumstances under which the works ministry spent 1.2 billion shillings meant for emergency road repairs, in the flood ravaged areas of north and northeastern. Last year, government allocated 1.2 billion shillings to the Ministry of Works to carryout emergency repair of roads and bridges which were washed away by floods in Teso, Lango and Acholi sub region. The money was part of the 22 billion shillings budget released by government under the emergency funding for the reconstruction of flood ravaged areas. But the delay in the implementation of road repairs has sparked off concern among the Teso legislators. John Otekat Emily, the Serere County Member of Parliament, says the ministry of works has done nothing on the affected roads and bridges in the past seven months despite receiving emergency funding. He now wants government to investigate and bring to book officials who may have diverted the money. // Cue in: iWe also need value for#i Cue out i#what is not yeti // Charles Oleny, Usuk County Member of Parliament, says unlike the ministry of education and agriculture, the ministry of works has not accounted for the money it was allocated. // Cue in: iWhat is not yet#i Cue out i#1.4 billion shillingsi // Oleny says there's fear that the current torrential rains may once again cut off most districts in the sub-region if the ministry of works does not carry repairs on roads and bridges. An effort to get a comment from John Nasasira, the Works Minister was futile.


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