Anti-Corruption Body Recovers UGX 1.3B

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In Bundibugyo district RAC recovered Shillings 41.5 million meant for the Youth Livelihood Programme and the Community Driven Development-CDD programme.

 The Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition (RAC), a non-governmental organization has recovered at least Shillings 1.3 Billion that was misappropriated in the Rwenzori region.
 

The recovered money was meant for service delivery in the health, education, works and community development sectors for the period between January and March this year.
 
 
Augustine Muthabali, the Advocacy Officer Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition, says they recovered the money following complains they received from whistle blowers. 


 
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According to the report, RAC received 31 complaints from Kabarole district with an estimated monetary value of Shillings 785 million misappropriated. Shillings 294 million was recovered. Part of the money was meant for the Primary Health Care- PHC in various health facilities and the youth livelihood programme. 


In Bundibugyo district RAC recovered Shillings 41.5 million meant for the Youth Livelihood Programme and the Community Driven Development-CDD programme. District officials who extorted money from group members and some of the groups who illegally received money under the two programmes were told to return the funds. 


Shillings 631 million out of Shillings 664.7 million that was misappropriated was recovered by the investigators in Kamwenge district. The funds were recovered through correctional works of classroom blocks and staff offices at St. Paul Church of Uganda Primary School and the maternity ward at Rukunyu Health Centre IV.


Shillings 370 million and Shillings 1.2 million was recovered in Kasese and Kyenjojo districts respectively.  Muthabali says the organization will continue recovering the funds and carry out investigations into some of the cases following complaints from the public. 


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In 2013, Local governments in the region came under fire from the Local Government Accounts Committee of parliament for misappropriation, diversion and failure to account for over Shillings 6 billion meant for service delivery. 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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