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CAUGHT OFF GUARD; RDC Kitgum interdicted over PDM cash

“When the hunter becomes hunted,” This is what has just happened to Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech.

RDC Komakech has been interdicted over the reported abuse and misuse of funds meant for the implementation of the Parish Development Model (PDM) program.

He was interdicted on August 27 by the Minister in charge of the Presidency Milly Babalanda on the directives of the Inspectorate of Government.

Babalanda says that the interdiction that takes immediate effect, bars Komakech from exercising the powers and functions of the RDCs’ office.

This is to pave way for immediate investigations to be undertaken by the Inspectorate of Government. 

14 staff of Kitgum district local government were arrested last week by the PDM national secretariat over the alleged misuse of Shs 523.6 million meant for the implementation of the PDM program.

Komakech has also been ordered to hand over office to his deputy Hajji Marijjan Welire who shall perform all the duties of RDC until further notice.

Babalanda also warned all RDCs, RCCs and their deputies to observe the roles and operational guidelines recently issued to them while executing their duties and urged them to avoid being misled by technical staff and politicians in their respective districts.

In part, the guidelines also stress that RDCs/RCCs and deputies are tasked to focus on critical interests of government including; massive mobilization of the population for enhanced household incomes especially promotion of the Parish Development Model; enforcing improved service delivery in all social service sectors and to fight corruption on all fronts.

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