The Lira District Local Government’s Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Tivu and Engineer Hudson Omok have been held by Parliament Police Division for their roles in the alleged misappropriation of Shs 665m meant for the construction of Akii-Bua Memorial Stadium.
The two officials and others led by Lira district LCV Chairman; Oremo Alot appeared before the parliament’s committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) on Wednesday morning to explain how the money was spent.
The local government officials, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education and Sports to build the stadium, admitted receiving the colossal amount of Shs 665m to handle the “preliminary” phase of the project.
“It is true we signed an MOU with the Education (and Sports) Ministry and indeed got shs665m for the preliminary work on Akii-Bua Memorial Stadium,” said Tivu.
The committee chaired by Bukedea Woma MP, Anita Among tasked the CAO and Engineer to enumerate how the current droll temporary structure at the planned stadium was constructed.
Mr. Ativu claimed that Shs 150m was used to construct a “VIP” pit latrine at the stadium.
“Parts of the money (Shs 150m) was used for the construction of a temporary 3 Stance Lined VIP Latrine with Urinal,” said Tivu.
Committee members including; Peter Ogwang of Usuk County, Michael Tusiime of Mbarara Municipality and Rubaga North’s Moses Kasibante tasked the CAO and the engineer to produce the VIP latrine architecture.
The district officials comfortably told the committee that there was no architectural plan for the latrine and the temporary 150 seater capacity pavilion.
Ms. Among handed the duo to police and adjourned the committee meeting to tomorrow.