Abim District Engineer Arrested Over Shoddy Work.

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The district engineer presented a false report which was rejected by the community during a public accountability dialogue. Community members at the meeting claimed that the report presented by the district engineer was false since some of the listed roads were impassable even to the pedestrians yet millions had reportedly been spent on their construction and repairs.

 Abim district engineer Martin Areun is arrested following a failure to account for over 400 million shillings spent on roads, construction of school blocks and commissioning uncompleted construction works.

Areun's troubles started when he presented a false report which was rejected by the community during a public accountability dialogue. Community members at the meeting claimed that the report presented by the district engineer was false  since some of the listed roads were impassable even to the pedestrians yet millions had reportedly been spent on their construction and repairs.

The meeting that was attended by the Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Janet Kataha Museveni, Minister of State For General Duty Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere and the Labwor County Member of Parliament Michael Ayepa.

Paul Opira, a resident of Nyakawai accused the technical staff for lying to the first lady because the road connecting Atunga to Koya and Oreta to Opotong has not been worked on for the last one year. Opera challenged the ministers to go and verify the report to confirm the value for money.

The Member of Parliament for Labwor County, Michael Ayepa, accused the engineer of issuing a certificate of completion for a school block in Loyorit Primary School in Alerek sub-county even when the construction had stopped at beam level and the contractor given full payment. He said over 79 million shillings was paid to a contractor who only stopped the building halfway. He asked the district engineer to refund the money.

His arrest was ordered for by the minister in charge of general duties in the office of the prime minister  who accused the engineer of outright corruption and said that it was wrong for the district engineer to subsidize the work of the government while still maintaining the office he has failed to manage.

The Minister For Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni said there will be no excuse for those who misuse the money meant for the community. She has ordered a team of investigators to move to Abim district to investigate cases of corruption in the district.

Engineer Areun is now under police detention waiting for trails over allegation for creating a financial loss to the district.