OP-ED

Anti-corruption Unit must investigate workshops facilitation via mobile money – Anyeko Benard

My name is Anyeko Benard Masanga based in Lira, Lango sub-region, and I am whistle-blowing for the first time on a new mode of suspected Corruption in the mode of payment via mobile money by workshops organisers which has now become a disease to most people in Northern Uganda.

The issue has been majorly caused by untrusted officials who are suspected to be intentionally eating/embezzling the facilitation money meant for facilitating transport refunds, accommodation and tokens of appreciation to participants in their own new style of sharing the loot.

It is my humble opinion that the Uganda government does something about it and set up immediate investigations through the State House Anti-corruption unit to find out from the ground, for the last four months which government or departments/ministries or organisations and partners have collected people signature and phone numbers, promised to pay people and dodged paying for their allowance of participation as they promised earlier.

For this, l kindly request that people be paid using “hard cash” and not mobile money since others are misappropriating government money in the name of paying participants using the mobile money method but complaints are now everywhere. You can imagine.

By the way, many people in Northern Uganda have lost hope in this mode of payment used by some NGOs and some government ministries who organise workshops/trainings and end up promising air to the participants and in the end they do not send any money after even four or five months.

We in the Lango sub-region and on record have names of specific workshops organised by some suspected unkind people in big offices in Kampala and end up only registering participants and don’t send any money via the mobile money system of facilitation.

They simply say; “Write your number which is registered on mobile money we shall send you a transport refund and accommodation money are the common words used in corrupting the participants”

Many people are suffering quietly here in Northern Uganda but l want to categorically bring this clear to the govt that organisers of workshops that were held by several government ministries be investigated by the state House Anti-corruption Unit because most of them have deceived participants and have not made any single payment of even a single coin up to now.

Towards the end of the financial year and even the last three months, a number of training were held in Northern Uganda including Lira here but up to now no payment has been made. The responsible people must be made accountable, if they think am lying I will mention all their names and the date those Workshops were conducted even the venue and invitation letters.

Some payment sheets are signed without figures and others the numbers are suspected to be exaggerated.

Imagine you come from Dokolo, Kole Amolatar, Kwania, Oyam, Alebtong and people deceive you that I am going to send you a transport refund on Monday via mobile money and you take four months waiting.

Our dear government, kindly help us guide this must stop forthwith. I rest my case.

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Anyeko Benard Masanga is a concerned citizen and resident of Alebtong district based in Lira City. Tel: 0772324093



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