Parliament adopts motion to investigate misuse of refugee funds by OPM

Moses Namayo

Moses Namayo

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There was a twist on Thursday in the investigations of the 13 officials from office of the prime minister suspended for the misappropriation of over Shs.8bn as parliament joined the wagon to hunt for the accused officials.

During session chaired by deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah, the house passed a motion for a select committee to be instituted.

Legislators led by Kaps Fungaroo (Obongi County) moved a motion for parliament to carry out an audit report on the allegations of misappropriation of refugee funds amounting to a tune of over 8 billion.

“The minister ignored our cries to brief parliament on the romors in the office of the prime minister and we condemn the unethical mismanagement of refugee funds in northern Uganda and a select committee of parliament be instituted under parliamentary rule 186 of rules of procedure to investigate these allegations of corruption and trafficking of young girls to engage in sex trade,” Fungaroo said.

Kasilo county MP Elojah Okupa said ; “  This is not the first time issues of corruption are happening in the office of the prime minister and there was contention on where this money should be kept and these officials fought tooth and nail and the money was put on the account of OPM,  therefore, we need to know where and how this 8 billion was used because we need to keep the image of our country clean.”

Alioni Yorke Odria (Aringa south) told the session that officials from the office of the prime minister not only have embezzled billions of money for the refugees but have participated in ferrying people from their families to work in these camps thus neglecting to employ the locals.

Suzan Amero   (woman representative Amuria district ) wondered if Uganda is the only country in the world where refugees can flow in and move anyhow and  begged parliament to push government to the corner and table a refugee policy to track on the movement of refugees who are operating business outside the law.

But state minister for Refuges Musa Ecweru told parliament that disciplinary measures have been carried out on the victims and no stones will be left unturned as was for former accounting officer Kazinda.

 

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