22 Districts Fail To Account For UGX1.2B Roads Money

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At least 22 districts and municipalities across the country could miss road maintenance funds in the coming financial years if they fail to refund over one billion shillings.

At least 22 districts and municipalities across the country could miss road maintenance funds in the coming financial years if they fail to refund over one billion shillings.
 
It has emerged that over 1.2 billion shillings meant for road works has up to date remained unaccounted for by the 22 districts and municipalities across the country. The funds were released between 2009/2010 and 2011/2012 financial years for road maintenance and repairs.
 
A press release by the Uganda Road Fund indicates that a total of over one billion shillings is still missing. Some of the affected districts are; Abim, Kole, Jinja, Buikwe Mbale, Nakaseke, Agago, Koboko, Amuria, Kaabong Namayingo Zombo and Napak. The implicated municipalities include; Jinja, Arua and Busia.
 
In some cases, the contractors were overpaid by the district and municipal authorities, while several other cases have diverted funds from the intended projects.
 
In a release signed by Engineer Dr. Michael Odongo, the Executive Director of Uganda Road Fund, the agency has given up to 31st October 2013 for the districts to recover the missing funds. Odongo says failure to respond to the directive will lead to disciplinary actions. According to him, the accounting officers will be referred to ministries of local government, finance and economic development for disciplinary actions.
 
He further says the districts and municipalities that have failed to recover the funds will not be given any more money for road works until they fully comply with the demands.
 
So far out of 22 districts and municipalities, only five have partially recovered and refunded part of the missing funds back to Uganda Road Fund. They are; Apac district, Arua Municipality, Kaliro district, Buikwe and Kiryadongo district.