Missing Relief Food Stirs Uproar in Bukedea District

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At least 800 bags of maize flour and 400 bags of Beans were dispatched to Bukedea district on May 5, 2017 by Martin Owor, the Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management. Instead, only 400 bags of maize flour and 50 bags of Beans were delivered, according to the district chairperson Moses Olemukan.

The Office of the Prime Minister-OPM has come under question over missing relief food items meant to be distributed to hunger stricken households in Bukedea district, Eastern Uganda.

At least 800 bags of maize flour and 400 bags of Beans were dispatched to Bukedea district on May 5, 2017 by Martin Owor, the Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management. The items were expected to be distributed to over 10,000 residents who are starving following a prolonged drought that interfered with planting seasons and harvests, since last year.

Instead, only 400 bags of maize flour and 50 bags of Beans were delivered, according to the district chairperson Moses Olemukan.

Bukedea district authorities have now declined to distribute the delivered food items until the Office of the Prime Minister accounts of the missing supplies.  Mike Okwii, the district Secretary for Health and Social Services wants the matter investigated expeditiously before they can distribute what they have received.
 
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Okwii confirmed that as of now, nobody has given them any response as to why the Office of the Prime Minister delivered consignments that have fewer supplies that what was declared.
 
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Margaret Akiror, a resident of Bukedea Town Council tasked the local leaders to follow up the matter until the missing bags are recovered. Akiror suspects the missing bags could have been deliberately diverted for personal gain by the officials in government.

Martin Owor, the commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management says the matter is being investigated.  Meanwhile, the bags that were delivered are still being kept at the district stores.

 

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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.