By Ahura Mujuni Mark
The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee is investigating circumstances under which some money meant to construct houses for Bududa landslide victims went missing .The new revelation in the OPM’s office also includes money which was allocated for constructing houses for Traditional leaders in Acholi Sub region .
Over 5.6 billion shillings went missing into the hands of officials in the Office of the Prime Minister. Two of the official,on Tuesday appeared before PAC but failed to explain the whereabouts of the funds .The officials were unable to explain the presence in their Private Bank Accounts, the balance of funds used for various expenses towards the planned projects.
In 2010 a serious landslide occurred in the district of Bududa in eastern Uganda due to heavy rain .It claimed over lives and hundreds displaced .Some of the victims were transferred to Kiryandongo district in temporary houses with government planning to construct decent settlement houses in the foreign land.It is some money for these projects which ended in the hands of OPM staff. The MPs have promised to head to Kiryandongo district to see some of the work which was implemented for the relocated Bududa victims .
Some of the victims who refused move to Kiryandongo choosing to remain in the landslide hit area have also been demanding help from government.Last year government resolved to buy land in safer places such that they can be relocated as well.
In July last year the Bududa district chief finance officer, internal auditor and the LC5 councillor for Bulucheke sub-county were also arrested over relief items to help people in these areas .The arrests were effected on the orders of the Third Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali.