The National Thursday, 26th January 2012
THE national government-appointed Sweep Task Force team needs to extend its investigations into the Kompiam-Ambum electorate, Enga province.
A number of major projects that have been budgeted for with money allocated have not materialised. There is nothing on the ground to show if work had started.
Such cases included:
l Meraimanda Rural Hospital with a funding allocation of K4.3 million from the 2011 budget. No land has been allocated for the project and no work has started;
l Kompiam rural market project where two payments of K900,000 were paid totaling K1.8 million. The first payment was made in 2010 and the second last year;
l Funding for a community resource centre has disappeared with nothing on the ground;
l Vehicles bought for the three local level governments and the proposed LLG have become private entities. Family members of those aligned with the local MP are using them for their own purposes, even to the extent of turning them into PMVs; and
l The millions of kina allocated for the Kompiam Coffee Rehabilitation Project have been diverted elsewhere and used to build a mansion-type warehouse. The owner is a close friend of the local MP and a senior university lecturer. Parts of that money are being used by a family to buy coffee beans.
These concerns are only a tip of the iceberg now threatening Kompiam-Ambum.
It is paramount that an independent team from the Office of Rural Development be dispatched to the electorate to carry out a full audit on the district’s financial books.
While the audits are going on, the Sweep team must also investigate and establish where all the funds have gone to.
Cr Meck Mola
Ward One, Ambum Rural LLG
Kompiam-Ambum district, Enga.