Apac CFO, Finance Officer Interdicted Over UGX 800M

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Preliminary investigations implicate the two for paying over 800 million Shillings into the accounts of some individuals in the district without the authorisation of CAO.

The Apac Chief Finance Officer-CFO, Gapson Yeko Ogwal and Finance Officer, Joyce Abang have been interdicted for alleged financial impropriety. The Apac Chief Administrative Officer, Stella Abyeto interdicted the duo to pave way for further investigation.

 
Preliminary investigations implicate the two for paying over 800 million Shillings into the accounts of some individuals in the district without the authorisation of CAO. 

"During the analysis of the Bank of Uganda bank statement, I realised that various payments not approved by me credited to various accounts yours inclusive. There were no requisitions made to authorise these payments yet you went ahead as a sector accountant to enter them to payments," Abyeto's June 8th, 2018 letter to Abang reads in part.

She notes that as an accountant, Abang was supposed to make entries based on approved requisitions, which she didn't do. Abyeto also faults Ogwal for bypassing her office as the accounting officer and making numerous payments.

"A system run was carried out by the ministry of local government and discovered that you made payments bypassing the accounting officer contrary to your responsibilities," reads the letter in part. The said money was meant to finance various activities in Apac district.
 
 Abyeto has appointed James Oyuru, the Senior District Accountant as acting Chief Finance Officer. The Apac LC V Chairperson, Bob Okae has condemned the conduct of the two officers and called for thorough investigations.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.