IGG Siezes Family Health Days Dime

IGG Irene Mulyagonja
IGG Irene Mulyagonja

The Inspectorate of Government-IGG has seized 56 million shillings from Arua district allegedly meant for the family health days. The money was seized by investigators from the Inspectorate of government from the health department where it was being kept. In January, Arua district launched the first round of the family health days under the theme “A healthy and happy family”. The campaign that is expected to run until April this year, involves the immunization of mothers and their children. The second round of the campaign will run from July to October. However, the people involved in the Family health day’s campaign including religious leaders will have to wait a little longer to get their pay. It follows the seizure of monies earmarked for their pay by the Inspectorate of government. The money was allegedly found in the office of the district health department by detectives investigate a group of councilors and staff accused of signing for night allowances for a tour in Soroti, which they didn’t attend. Wilfred Saka, the chairperson of the social services committee under whose doctor the education department falls has confirmed the development. He explains that the investigators are questioning why money meant for government activities like immunization could be kept in somebody’s office instead of the bank account where it is meant to be. He says that as a result, they have failed to pay religious leaders and LC’s who were hired to implement the family health days, and is worried that this could affect the performance of the district. Paul Ejangu, the West Nile regional inspectorate officer says that investigators seized the money because they thought it was destined for dubious work since some officials in the office and councilors had allegedly connived to sign allowances without participating in the said activity. Dr. Patrick Anguzu, Arua district medical officer says much as the money has been seized the workers are carrying on with their money normally. He appeals to the Inspectorate to release the money since the work for which it is meant is clear. The money in question was given to the district by United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organisation.

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