Abim District Projects Stall over Debts

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The council had planned to complete the District Education Department at 600 million shillings, a twin staff house at Obolokome Primary School worth 76 million shillings and pit latrines and placenta pits in different schools and health units across the district.

Abim District is struggling to recover from debts which has stalled several district projects.

The district had planned to complete the District Education Department at 600 million shillings, a twin staff house at Obolokome Primary School worth 76 million shillings and pit latrines and placenta pits in different schools and health units across the district.

There were also plans to complete phase two of the District Health Office worth more than 241 million shilling and among others.

However, funds meant for the projects were diverted to clearing debts arising from court cases.

In 2015, Sylvia Awor, the former senior probation officer dragged the district to court claiming for acting allowance as District Community Development Officer for eight years. Court awarded Awor 57 million shillings but the amount increased to 100 million shillings after the district delayed to pay her.

In the same year, John Bosco Okello, the Community Development Officer also dragged the district to court over unfair termination. Okello was also demanding for acting allowance while working as sub-county chief for years and was awarded 29 million shillings by court.

Mass Project, a company contracted to construct DHO's office and staff house at Gotapwou Primary School also sued Abim District for failing to pay 40 million shillings. Part of the funds had been kept as retention fee for incomplete works and court awarded the company more than 100 million in costs and damages. 

According to the district council speaker, Godfrey Omara Dbekas, although council allocated over 500 million shillings for clearing debts arising from court awards, he was shocked to learn that no money was paid.

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Jimmy Ochero, the District LCV Chairperson Abim says that most of the money was used to pay Mass Project, a company that was claiming for costs and damages.

''Mass project is a business firm. We resolved to first clear them since further delays would attract more costs on our side. We are also working hard to ensure that we settle all our obligations and concentrate on capital development for the stalled projects" Ochero said on phone.