Kole District Officials in Trouble for Selling World Vision T-shirts

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During the Kole district teachers' conference held on the February 10, 2012, World Vision donated 670 Polo T-shirts to be given to participants including teachers and children. The T-Shirts were later, however, sold at 8,000 shillings each.

Kole district senior officials are in trouble over their alleged involvement in the sale of hundreds of T-shirts that were donated to district by World Vision Uganda.

World Vision Uganda, an international Non-Governmental Organization, has threatened to suspend their operations in the district following a report that their T-shirts which they donated to the district were instead sold to the would-be beneficiaries.

During Kole district teachers conference that was held on the February 10, 2012, World Vision donated 670 Polo T-shirts to be given to participants including teachers and children. The T-Shirts were later, however, sold at 8,000 shillings each.

In an April 4, 2012 letter signed by Christine Lamunu, who is a program manager in charge Oyam and Kole cluster at World Vision, the office of the LC5 chairperson has been tasked to show cause as to why they decided to sell the donations to beneficiaries.

The letter, a copy of which URN has obtained, further directs the office of the Resident District Commissioner to take action and investigate the reports.

Lamunu says they were shocked upon learning that the district sold the T-Shirts to teachers, something that puts their reputation at stake and greatly conflicts with the World Vision Uganda Christian identity and values for upholding integrity.

She wondered why the district could not first consult them about their plan of selling the T-shirts to the beneficiaries.

Peter Ocen Akalo, Kole LC5 chief who was also part of the organizing committee and the patron Kole district teachers Association, says the T-shirts were sold following a resolution by the organizing committee of the conference.

Ocen says the 670 T-shirts could not be enough to accommodate all the 1600 participants and that’s why the committee agreed that they should be sold.

Jacob Ocen, a head teacher at Aculbanya primary school in Ayer Sub County, who was also the chairperson organizing committee for the teachers’ conference, said they wanted to raise part of the missing money by selling the T-shirts.

According to Ocen, the 670 T-shirts which they sold raised about eight million shillings and that part of the money was spent on paying debts that they had incurred during the preparations.

But participants who bought the T-shirts said the money from the sale of T-shirts was just shared by the top officials.

Baraza Ogazu Suleiman, Kole RDC says he has started carrying out investigations using different security organs to establish circumstances under which the domination was sold to its original beneficiaries.
He says after the investigations are complete, he will report to World Vision Uganda for them to decide on what action to take.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.