The Deputy Inspector of Government-IG, Dr.Patricia Achan, on Friday discovered ghost projects established under the World Bank funded Development Response to Displacement Impact Project- DRDIP in Hoima District.
Achan is currently in the Bunyoro sub-region to monitor the progress of DRDIP. She cited Kasenyi-Lyato wetland restoration project in Nyakabingo parish, Buseruka sub-county where Shs 50 million was released but with nothing on the ground. She further discovered that Shs 65 million was released for the Runga solar power lighting project in Kapaapi sub-county that was never been implemented. All these projects were created in FY 2021/2022 financial year.
While supervising some of the projects, Achan noted that there are some ghost projects created by some leaders that have never been implemented at all.
She cited Kasenyi-Lyato wetland restoration project in Nyakabingo Parish Buseruka sub-county yet 50 million Shillings was injected into the project.
She further mentioned of a 65 million Shillings Runga Solar Powered lighting project in Kapaapi sub-county but has never been implemented and all these ghost projects were created in the 2021/2022 financial year.
She ceased the implementation of all the ghost projects and ordered the Hoima Chief Administrative officer (CAO) to recover the money injected into the projects.
Dr. Achan extra faulted Hoima district leaders for failing to monitor and supervise the implementation of the project hence leading to its failure.
She noted that district leaders need to routinely monitor and hold meetings with the beneficiaries to find out the challenges they are facing during the implementation of the project.
Achan further tasked district leaders to ensure that value for money is realized in the project by ensuring proper accountability and transparency during the implementation of the world bank funded Project.
Dr. Charles Kajura, the focal person for DRDIP in Hoima said since the inception of the project in the district in 2018, they have received 19 billion Shillings that had been disbursed to 341 groups in the district.
Charles Oluba Kumakech, the Hoima Chief Administrative Officer-CAO said DRDIP had played a pivotal role in the area of infrastructural development. He said several roads, health facilities, and schools have been constructed.
The ghost projects in Hoima district are a root to loss of over 100 million shillings.