Amuria District Activities Ground To a Halt

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Following the arrest of the officials, Francis Oluma, the Amuria LC 5 chairperson wrote to Stanbic and Centenary banks halting all transactions on the district accounts.

Work has grounded to a halt in Amuria due to lack of funds following the arrest of three senior district officials for alleged corruption. They are Alfred Malinga, the Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Doreen Atai, Chief Finance Officer and district health officer Silver Oumo.
 
Alfred Malinga, the Chief Administrative Officer and district health officer Silver Oumo were picked up on February 20th by operatives for the inspectorate of Government for alleged abuse of office and causing a financial loss of 56 million shillings meant for primary health care.
 
Helen Doreen Atai, Chief Finance Officer was picked up on January 23 for alleged misappropriation of 28 million shillings meant for drilling boreholes in the district. Following the arrest of the officials, Francis Oluma, the Amuria LC 5 chairperson wrote to Stanbic and Centenary banks halting all transactions on the district accounts.
 
Oluma argues that he took the decision because the CAO, who is the principal signatory to the district accounts didn't hand over to anybody. He says that despite the fact that the three officials are signatories to various district accounts, none of them is allowed to carry out any transactions until investigations are complete.
 
As a result, all the activities of the district have grounded to a halt because of lack of funds. But Aluma says that he has communicated to the public service and local government ministries to deploy a new CAO to save the situation.



 
 
 
 
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.