The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Apac District, Mr. Jack Odur has pledged to harden on corrupt officials in the district to ensure that the culprits face the rule of law. Odur made the commitment during the official closure of a one-week training for the community watchdogs known as the Independent Budget Monitors (IBMs) from Oyam, Kole and Apac districts at Apac Women Development Centre organized by The Apac Anti Corruption Coalition (TAACC). The training funded by Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) is aimed at empowering the IBMs to monitor government service delivery in their communities.
The RDC’s statement followed the allegation by community members that there has been corruption in handling the restocking project, distribution of the Village Health Teams (VHTs) bicycles, managing UPE funds and the community access road funds amongst others. Mr. Odur, blamed the community for keeping quiet over corruption amidst them and added that his office is open to the public. The RDC acknowledged the role of TAACC and the IBMs in fighting corruption and urged the entire community to exercise their constitutional rights through demanding accountability from leaders. He emphasized that the community members are entitled to information on public funds because they pay taxes to government.