By George Emuron
BUKEDEA: Teachers under their umbrella Uganda National Teachers Union in Bukedea district have petitioned their SAACO chairperson Michael Opolot Okipi through the office of the resident district commissioner for allegedly mismanaging funds worth 20 million shillings donated by right Hon speaker Anet Among Anita.
Recently speaker Anita donated 20 million shillings to the teacher’s SAACO while she was still the woman member of parliament for Bukedea before emerging to the position of the speakership.
According to reliable sources, the teacher SAACO was initiated as an initiative to boost teacher welfare in the district.
The SACCO started progressing but it was on the shocking note that in less than one year, it rotted to the extent that the SACCO office was abandoned.
In an interview with some of the teachers who preferred anonymity said after mismanaging the SACCO funds, the SAACO executives decided to abandon the office.
“We want the SACCO executive officers to come and give us a report on the SACCO progress, the SACCO office is no longer in existence, the office has been rented out to other people ”, said Teachers.
Michael Opolot Okipi, the accused SACCO chairperson, when reached denied the allegations.
He said the teacher’s SAACO is in progress without any difficulty.
“What some teachers are saying are baseless and wrong, I want to inform you that the fund is in the account and the SAACO is operational,” Okipi dismissed the accusations.
Mr. Okipi also added that the few complaining teachers are even members in the SACCO and their interest was to divide the donated twenty million shillings which the SAACO executive refused.
Hajji Imran Muluga, the resident district commissioner Bukedea however summoned the SACCO leadership.
According to the summon, the district education officer is to conduct fresh election of the SAACO leaders as soon as possible.
“As the DEO calls for immediate election of the new SACCO executives, I request the old leadership of the SACCO to avail my office with proper clear accountability of the funds”, said RDC Imran.