MOROTO – On Tuesday 1, 2019, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit launched an investigation into various corruption allegations in Moroto district local government and Moroto Regional Referral Hospital over alleged corruption.
The unit, which is under the Command of Lt. Colonel Edith Nakalema arrested and put under investigation eleven district officials of Moroto and those attached to Moroto regional referral hospital.
The arrested officials which were paraded before the public at the Moroto district chamber hole included Dr. Philip Kakungulu of Moroto regional referral hospital, Moroto principle Administrator for Moroto regional referral hospital Mr. Goefry Mawa, Senior hospital administrator Mr. Otim Oleu, Hospital accountant Ms Joyce Falaya, hospital procurement officer Ronald Opio hospital human resource officer Mr. Denis Katinda.
Other officers arrested including Moroto district planer Opio Pola, Mr. Joseph Maruk district procurement officer and Mr. Julius Ourum district internal Auditor.
The accused officials in the hospital failed to explain how they spent more than UGX300million meant for the hospital operations.
They also failed to explain why they spent UGX20million to facilitate a friendly match between the Moroto hospital and Soroti yet the hospital was in darkness for two days.
Hospital officials also failed to explain why they held two consecutive parties.
Lt. Col Nakalema also put ASP Judith Namatale, the district officer in charge of crime desk under arrest and investigations for failing to play her role by arresting and closing the clinic owned by Dr. Philip Akungulu who’s also being accused of conducting illegal operation where he removed a woman her uterus under unclear circumstances.
Mr. John Lokol one of the residents explain that the arrest of the district and hospital officials was long overdue.
“These guys especially those in the hospital has made us surfer in terms of harassment of patients and poor service delivery,” he said.