MARACHA. The police in Maracha district have arrested a driver attached to Maracha district local government on orders of the state minister for Ethics and Integrity Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo.

Maracha district police commander (DPC), Mr John Oese Faustine on Monday confirmed the arrest and detention of the accused driver whose details were concealed to avoid interference with the ongoing investigations.

Fr Lokodo directed the arrest and detention of the tipper lorry driver and the district transport officer over alleged misuse of government vehicles.
But Oese said they are still investigating how the transport officer was linked to the offence before his arrest.

The directive follows a whole day contentious meeting held on Friday with the district stakeholders to address issues affecting good governance and service delivery in the district.

During the meeting, officials who accused the duo presented before the minster photographs and occasions as evidence to prove their claim.

The minister was prompted to act when Maracha resident district commissioner (RDC) Ms Esther Cherop Soet informed the gathering of a tip from whistleblowers that the district tipper lorry with registration number UG 2316W was misused in Vurra for personal gain.

“Integrity among some of the officials in the district is zero, some make themselves happy instead of serving the public. There is no report for government projects and I don’t want to be intimidated by people who have self-interest. Hon. Minister your coming here may bring change to the district”, Ms Soet said.

Meanwhile, Maracha district chief administrative officer (CAO) Mr Simon Lomongin who is the custodian of all assets also survived arrest after claiming that the misuse of the government vehicles is done without his notice.

Fr Lokodo became emotional over the numerous corruption and mismanagement allegations especially reported by the auditor general Mr John Muwanga.
Muwanga read the report during the meeting and pledged to link with the state house anti-corruption unit led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema to act.

According to the special audit report, on utilization of funds under CAO and LC5 chairman’s offices and the road funds between 2016-2018, it was found that there was excess expenditure on travels inland, delayed accountability, fuel not accounted for, rescindment of Mr Olega George’s appointment as senior engineer which issue is still in court.

Other areas queried include; payment of arrears not recognized in the previous year’s financial statements, inconsistencies between fourth quarter road works progress report and payment vouchers and doubtful road maintenance report.

Consequently, the district was ordered to employ a substantive engineer to avoid the recurrent irregularities.

The district Woman MP, Rose Ayaka noted that the leaders are irresponsible and have self-interest.

“There is no justice here, people have become unethical and that makes us not to build our community. That is why the audit report is available and I thank the minister for his response”, Ayaka said.