Abim CFO, Accountant in Trouble for Alleged Fraud

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Abim district council has ordered for the interdiction of the chief finance officer CFO, Ben Oryono and the senior accounts assistant, David Omara Menya, over alleged misuse of funds.

Abim district council has ordered for the interdiction of the chief finance officer (CFO), Ben Oryono and the senior accounts assistant, David Omara Menya, over alleged misuse of funds.
 
During the last district council meeting for this year, councillors resolved that the officers be stopped from work until the allegations of misuse of over 150 million shillings are cleared.
 
The money, according to councillors, was drawn from different accounts including pensions and gratuity among others without approval from council. The councillors are also questioning the utilisation of the said monies since the persons who benefited were not authorised.
 
In the documents tendered during council session, councillors claim there was forgery and embezzlement of 16.5 million shillings, diversion of pension and gratuity arrears amounting to 61.5 million shillings and transfer in excess to finance department of 72 million shillings.
 
Joyce Naakya, the district woman councillor for Lotuke and Awach sub counties, says the officers forged accountability for monitoring at the expense of politicians. She claims that 11 million shillings was purportedly splashed on monitoring with Public Accounts Committee and the district executive committee yet the money was signed by different people.
 
Naakya alleges that the CFO and the accountants instead used office assistants and drivers to sign for the money meant for other staff and politicians.
 
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While council directed that the CFO and the senior accounts assistant be interdicted to allow room for investigations, they also asked for interrogation of 12 other officers who include drivers, office assistants, and accountants among others.
 
Those directed to write statements with police include Okello John Peter,  Otto Samuel,  Ochan David and Awili Anne Grace, a wife to the CFO. Others are Ocheng Robert Wilfred, Alok Susan Odepe, Dr.Okengo Oscar Barton, Angole Ambrose, Mwaka Isaac, Obiya Oscar, Okello Vincent Labii and Ogwang Jino.
 
But Simon Peter Akileng, the Abim chief administrative officer, says the directive by the council is null and void. Akileng argues that the documents pinning his staff are not authentic.
 
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Jimmy Ochero, the Abim district local council chairperson declined to comment when contacted.