Gulu Army Veterans Sack Association Bosses

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The executive members were also accused of failing to utilize the 200 million shillings that President Museveni donated to the veterans two years ago to construct a hostel to act as an income generating project.

Members of the executive committee of Gulu Veterans Association have been fired over incompetence. The sacking stems from the findings of a commission of inquiry which investigated the management of the state of affairs of Gulu Veterans Association.

The commission led by Rtd. Warrant Officer Patrick Omara was instituted by Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Navinson Kidega following complaints from veterans about alleged mismanagement of the association.

The committee, in the findings released last week, recommended for the immediate removal from office of all the executive members for allegedly mismanaging the affairs of the association.

The executive led by Rtd. Lt Walter Otiba Labeja is implicated in failing to distribute iron sheets that were donated to the veterans in 1993. The iron sheets were discovered wasting away in Gulu government prison stores in 2012.

The executive members were also accused of failing to utilize the 200 million shillings that President Museveni donated to the veterans two years ago to construct a hostel to act as an income generating project.

The 200m was discovered idle in the bank account of the association of the group.

Navinson Kidega, the Gulu RDC, says the veterans have met at his office and resolved to sack all the members of the executive. He says that the veterans have now elected a new executive led by Patrick Omara as Chairperson.

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Efforts to get a comment from retired Walter Otibo Labeja, the former chairman of the veterans, were fruitless but the incoming chairman says his first task will be to ensure that the iron sheets that have spent 19 years in the stores are removed and distributed to the veterans.