Police Summon Mbarara District Health Bosses Misuse Of Covid-19 Facilitation To VHTs

Peter Ssebutinde, the Mbarara District Health Officer

BY AGGREY TWESIGYE

MBARARA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021

Dr Peter Ssebutinde, the District health officer and Fredrick Kamugisha, the district health educator were yesterday summoned to record statements at Mbarara Central Police Station following allegations of misuse of the funds.

were distributed in 11 sub counties of Mbarara district.

Mbarara district received 142 million to facilitate VHTs and village covid-19 task-force from 365 villages in 11 sub-counties.

According to the guideline for utilization of the Covid-19 emergency funds issued by the ministry of health, every village receives sh400,000 whereby sh300,000 is set for the Village health team members and sh100,000 for the village task-force headed by the LC1 chairman.

Speaking to the media after a closed meeting of top district officials, the chairman LC5, Didas Tabaro, said he ordered a halt to the distribution exercise after receiving reports that the health officials were only giving sh190,000 for village health teams and sh95,000 for the task-force per village.

Tabaro said the VHTs who are yet to be paid are in the sub-counties of Rubaya, Bubare, and Kangogi

He noted that once this is proven by the Criminal Investigations Department he will be taken to court as this may lead to his interdiction.

However, Edward Kasagare, the chief administrative officer of Mbarara district appealed for calm saying that the disbursed funds were still on the accounts of the sub-counties.

Kasagare said the mess was done in the documentation where the accused personnel claimed that in the villages where sh95,000 was given per VHT, there were more than two members of VHTs.

Kasagara said that the distribution of money to targeted beneficiaries should go on as investigation into the matter continues.

The Rwizi region police spokesperson, Samson Kasasira, confirmed that DHO recorded a statement at police and later went back to continue with his official duties.

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