By Benjamin Epeduno
The Minister of State for Education and Sports (SPORTS) has urged his electorates to task the leadership of Katakwi to explain how government programmes meant to benefit people of Ngariam County were diverted.
The tough speaking Hon. Peter Ogwang said some councilors in connivance with a top political leader were involved in an attempt to divert seed secondary schools and health facilities meant for Ngariam County to other counties.
Ogwang who is also the MP for Ngariam County revealed this at the weekend where he gave Shs45million to the village saving groups of Olela, Alogok and Osudan parishes. He also donated over Shs10million to churches and voters in fulfillment of his pledges.
“Some of these leaders are also voted for by Ngariam residents, but I am surprised seeing them organising a group of councilors to convene an emergency council aimed at diverting projects that I have lobbied for people of Ngariam,” Ogwang stated.
This follows the recent emergency council meeting convened by the Clerk to Council, Simon Esidai to purposely channel resources meant for the construction of a memorial technical school in Ngariam Sub County and another seed secondary in Okore Sub County to Usuk County.
“Such projects were lobbied by Ogwang to benefit the people of Ngariam. Now, some politicians want to frustrate the projects by using their influence to divert the funds to benefit people of Usuk,” gathered residents reacted.
The councilors went into voting but all in vain.
The current information has it that the few political leaders are in advanced stages of deducting Shs750million which was meant for the construction of Akoboi seed secondary school and channeled it to Okulonyo in Usuk.
They also deducted shs150million from Okore sub county seed secondary school so that it goes to the same Okulonyo in Usuk.
“Tell them that they are just joking, we are not going to give up the fight until what is meant for Ngariam County is retained,” Ogwang said.
Rose Mary Akurut, the district councilor for Katakwi Sub County said, they were mobilised to vote against Ngariam projects but all Ngariam councilors and some from other counties refused.
Akurut said they stood their ground but instead insisted that such projects are constructed in Ngariam as earlier planned by the Central Government.
Ogwang thanked the steadiness of Ngariam county councilors for standing by Ngariam agenda through refusing to vote in favour of selfish politicians.