ADJUMANI: CAO Orders Investigations into Alleged ‘Emyooga’ Funds Fraud

The Emyooga Funds were launched in the West Nile Sub-region on March 10th, 2020 (File Photo)

By Amacha Goli | West Nile Region

The Adjumani Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mr. Jack Byaruhanga has ordered investigations into the alleged Emyoga fraud following wild allegations that the district commercial officer Dipio Agnes extorted shs 2m from women Association in Adjumani East County.

Dipio reportedly extorted the cash this week on Wednesday at Hotel Zawadi from Baako Angela a primary school teacher who is an executive member of Adjumani East women Entrepreneurship Association.

During a press interview today, Baako Angela claims that the commercial officer said the shs 2m is a reward for writing the Emyoga project since it required a lot of brain work and time.

Baako Angela further revealed that during their interaction in the office she managed to record their conversation but the commercial officer detected and personally deleted the recording.

Today, April 23, 2021, the matter featured in District Executive Committee meeting where CAO summoned the commercial officer to defend herself.

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On interrogation the commercial officer accepted receiving the money but not shs 2m as alleged, she said she instead received shs 500.000.

The Adjumani district chairman Leku James said aggrieved members of Emyoga group from Pakele sub county approached his office and reported that their executive members declared less money and claims the shs 2m was paid to the commercial officer as a kick back.

Chairman Leku James appealed to all the groups who were fleeced by the office of commercial officer to report the matter to the office of CAO for action because Emyoga is a government program and a presidential initiative.

The commercial officer Dipio Agnes has reportedly been putting unnecessary and dubious restrictions on Associations who have refused to pay her kickback restricting them from withdrawing cash above shs 5m which is not there in the law.

The commercial officer has allegedly made several attempts of fleecing money from the unsuspecting leaders of Emyoga groups including Journalists Associations.

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Several attempts to draw comment for Dipio Agnes failed as she could not pick repeated telephone calls seeking for a comment.

Agnes Dipio is the daughter of Adjumani business tycoon Amaza Emmanuel who owns Zawadi bus and Hotel Zawadi which is located in Adjumani town central business area.

In Adjumani district about 20 groups have benefited from Emyooga funds with each group receiving universal funding of shs 30m, the fund is designed to reduce poverty among the economically impoverished communities.

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