Todwong Vows Heavy Crackdown On Corrupt Officials


price geneva;”>Hon. Richard Todwong said all corrupt district officials including the Chief Administrative Officers (CAO), prostate Chief Finance Officers (CFO) who connive with the political leadership like district chairpersons, councilors among others will be brought to book.

“I want to cause change for my government and am open on this because most accounting officers are not transparent and fair to the district councilors,” he said.

Toodwong added: “You only find CAOs, CFOs, district engineers and district chairpersons moving together and then the councilors are neglected.’

He said this on Wednesday as he addressed district councilors from Acholi sub region at Bomah Hotel in Gulu during the launch of the local government SMS platform by Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) in conjunction with Uganda local government association (ULGA).

Toodwong who was also the chief guest at the launch, expressed disappointment with the local governments in northern Uganda for having failed to utilize over Shs 1.8 billion that had been allocated to them in the last financial year.

He further blamed the various district accounting offer for being reluctant in doing their duties.

He said this SMS platform would help in the mobilization and communication of community affairs.

“The Government will put a system in place in that if there’s any government initiative such as if a district wants to construct a borehole or teachers houses, a community rally would be held so that monitoring with this new SMS platform becomes easy to trap lazy contractors among others,” said Toodwong.

The Executive Director of ACODE, Godber Tumushabe said, that the local government SMS platform will pilot in the 20 districts of Gulu, Nebbi, Agago, Amuru, Lira, Mukono, and Moroto among others to keep information flowing between the councilors and their voters.

“This platform will see electorates directly send message on an issue affecting them direct to their councilors and we hope it will greatly improve service delivery,” added Godber.


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