The leadership of the Task Force argues that the 165 million Shillings that was appropriated by parliament to the district in April was just a drop in the ocean given the bulk of COVID-19 cases Gulu has handled.
Under the new Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS), money collected by the districts is sent to the central bank. Districts are then expected to seek permission from the Accountant General to utilize it in line with their budget projections and planned expenditures.
Kapelebyong, a new district carved out of Amuria, became operational in July 2018 albeit without the election of leaders as the Electoral Commission cited lack of funds to facilitate the exercise. This affected the constitution of statutory bodies like District Service Commission, the District Land Board, among others.
More than 2,000 people from the villages of Bungucoda, Nyakarongo, Kiryana, Ijwamba and Kokoitwa in Kimengo were forcefully evicted from the land said to be belonging to Uganda Investment Authority-UIA in November 2019. The residents were given just a few hours to vacate the land.
Village chairpersons are supposed to receive an allocation of 10,000 Shillings every month, which is paid once, every financial year. The LCs are now demanding a sum of 120,000 Shillings for the financial year 2019/2020.