PAKWACH. Pakwach district councilors have called for investigations into alleged mismanagement of Northern Ugandan Social Action Fund (NUSAF) program funds and bring the culprits to book.

During a heated council meeting on Tuesday, the councilors tabled documents and claims of what they said were some of the pieces of evidence of irregularities in the implementation of various activities under the program.

But the NUSAF district desk officer, Mr. Charles Muswa denied all the allegations, saying they are only meant to taint his image.

Muswa defended himself by saying that he has all along been acting within the NUSAF implementation guidelines in the course of his duty.

He, however, promised to convene a meeting to comprehensively address the issues which have been raised during the council meeting.

Muswa’s plea follows an allegation tabled by Mr. Gibril Oriekwun, the councilor representing Panyango sub-county that locals were ferrying murram using jerricans to Fualwonga - Pokwero road construction site despite money being allocated for hiring tipper lorries.

Oriekwun also claimed that another group in Pujwang village, Pakwach town council had divided all the money meant for a project and all its members are now on the run yet no one has endeavored to follow up the matter.

The councilors observed that in their findings, procedures in withdrawing NUSAF money from the bank, procurement and withdrawal guidelines were all breached.

Similarly, Mr. Ronald Jawoko, the chairperson of the general-purpose committee in his report noted that communities in Pakwach Sub County and Pakwach town council who are implementing bull fattening and fish cage farming projects have faulted facilitators and the NUSAF desk officer for a conspiracy to derail the project intended to alleviate poverty.

Meanwhile Mr. Ben Owinj, the district secretary finance cited an example where the fish cage farming group at Mubogo landing site in Pakwach town council had threatened to abandon the project when poor quality fish feeds were procured at an inflated figure.

It is for this reason that the councilors tasked the office of the resident district commissioner (RDC) and that of the chief administrative officer to independently launch investigations into the matter and bring the culprits to book.

But in his speech, Mr. Swaib Toko, the Pakwach RDC cautioned the beneficiaries against vandalism and mismanagement of NUSAF funds, warning that the offenders will answer at an appropriate time when arrested.