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Minister Suggests Investigation Into Ghost Water Project In Ntungamo

Minister Suggests Investigation Into Ghost Water Project In Ntungamo

MP Akello Beatrice Akori for Economic Monitoring suggested immediate investigations into an alleged ghost water project. The reported ghost project is located in Nyakyeera sub-county, Ruhaama county in Ntungamo District.

Government in 2019 extended the Kiyoora Water project worth shs100m aiming at supplying safe water from Kiyoora demonstration.

However, the minister visited the site with an anti-corruption team from State House and found the project was never implemented.

This came as a surprise because those concerned with implementing it had withdrawn the funds from the sub-county account.

They also learned that the the sub-county received funds directly from the Ministry of Water directly without notifying district leadership. The sub-county further did the valuation process despite having the designs and a project manager as the law dictates.

Following these findings, the minister ordered an immediate investigation into the matter. She said those involved in causing such a financial loss to the government should be brought to justice.

“We got reports from the Auditor General citing how some irregularities in the district are crippling the service delivery because, after the sub-country received money, they went ahead to execute the project which is never into existence, meaning that all the 100m shilling was eaten,” Akello said.

She said the entire water project turned out to be a scam and also went ahead to name some of the suspects involved in the scam.

“The suspects involved including Ntungamo district water officer Dismus Tumusange, the then sub-county chief Frank Muriisa, the procurement officer, the contract committee and the whole system should be investigated by State House Anti Corruption Unit,l she further stated.

The accused district water officer Dismus Tumusange said sub-county officials never consulted him to make bills of quantities. He also said they also never called him for any supervisory work towards implementation of the project.

Other projects inspected were Kihanga Seed Secondary School under UGFIT, Kishami HCIII, Kyamwasha HCIII and Eriaya Kategaya Memorial Institute.

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