Members of the Yakinemiji Fish and Construction Project, operating under the Development Response to Displacement and Disadvantaged Areas Program (DRDIP) in Obongi Town Council, Obongi District, have decided to go on a hunger strike and stage a peaceful demonstration due to concerns regarding a fish pond project that appears to be nonexistent.
The demonstrators, who gathered outside the office of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), are accusing and suspecting that the police in Obongi have been compromised by individuals who misappropriated over 37 million shillings meant for the fish pond project.
According to available records, a sum of 37,800,000/= was disbursed to a university in February of this year. However, more than six months later, the fish pond project has not materialized and seems to have become a ghost project.
Approximately two months ago, the Obongi police initiated an investigation into the Yakinemiji ghost fish pond project. They recorded statements from the intended beneficiaries and gathered evidence of payments. Surprisingly, no action has been taken by the police to date regarding this matter.
During a meeting with frustrated demonstrators at the Obongi RDC’s office on Thursday, September 2023, the Obongi RDC, Samuel Mpimbasa Hasaka, expressed his disappointment and frustration with corruption cases involving some police officers in Obongi District. He pledged to take action against those involved in the scandals and report them to the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola.
He called upon the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions of these police officers, withholding their names to prevent interference with the ongoing inquiry, which he believes will commence soon. He also urged the government to terminate the employment of any police officer implicated in this scandal.