The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party leaders implicated in the diversion of party funds in Tororo District have been given an ultimatum to refund the stolen funds or face arrest.
The diverted finances were meant to facilitate the National Resistance Movement party activities in the district during the display of the registers and Village NRM party conferences.
Dr Kenneth Omona, the party deputy treasurer visited the district on Tuesday and directed the District registrar, Joseph Kadokech to task all the sub county registrars to put all the mess right before they face arrest.
Omona said he was not going to meddle in the political gymnastics of Tororo but promised to do his official work without fear or favour.
Omona who visited several sub counties on a fact finding mission to establish the truth on alleged diversion was convinced by testimonies presented by a number of affected NRM Village Chairpersons and registrars.
Accompanied by Alex Itte, a police detective in charge political desk at Tororo Central Police Station, Omona directed the detectives to swing into action and bring to book all those implicated.
Joyce Asale, the party registrar Rubongi sub county in Budama South switched off her phone and went into hiding when Omona and the team visited the Sub County.
Omona’s visit to the District follows a demonstration on Monday by over 100 registrars from Kwapa, Mukujju and Mollo sub counties who marched to the RDC’s office protesting underpayment by District party leaders.
They were later addressed by the Resident District Commissioner Betty Modesta Ajilong who directed the District Police Commander Robert, Katuramu to cause an investigation into the matter.
According to the guidelines from the NRM party secretariat, Tororo district received Shs 268m to be shared among 928 villages where each village was supposed to receive Shs250,000 .
The registrars in their petition highlighted that out of the said amount, some villages only received 150,000 from the Sub County party registrars claiming that 100,000 shillings had been retained at the district NRM party registrar’s office to facilitate the office of RDC, DISO and DPC.
The petition also noted that mode of payment across the district varied from Sub County to sub county.
They accused the party district chairperson Yeri Apollo Ofwono, district registrar Joseph Kadokecth and party administrative secretary for conniving with the Sub County registrars to defraud them of their monies.
The minister of state for primary health care [district woman MP] Sarah Achieng Opendi attributed the mess to the bent leadership of the party in district and appealed to the NRM party members to take this as an eye opener especially as they move towards the party elections.
Meanwhile the lead petitioners Alia Jimmy Apumeri and Godfrey Othieno Otabong while handing over their petition to the RDC said most of the registrars were duped to sign for 250,000= and yet they were only paid shs150,000.
But when contacted on phone, Yeri Apollo Ofwono, the District party chairperson said all the funds were disbursed to the sub counties and that he was not aware of what happened in the sub counties.
Attempts to reach some of the implicated sub county registrars that include John Ekwaro of Molo, Emoke of Kwapa and others were futile as their mobile phones went unanswered.