In the 2019/2020 financial year, Gulu City then, a Municipality projected to collect Shillings 4.8billion in local revenue but only realized Shillings 1.6billion. In the 2020/2021 financial year, Gulu City only collected Shillings 1.8billion out of the projected Shillings 4.7billion.
Bernard Thierry Kinyera, the speaker of Awach Sub County, says that his office has already written to the Gulu Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Geoffrey Okaka asking him to notify the Electoral Commission to conduct a by-election for the LC III chairperson within a month’s time.
In spite of releasing the funds timely, the Ministry says up to 119 billion meant for wage bill was returned unspent; gratuity 18.9 billion, pension 7.7 billion, non-wage recurrent 35.5 billion and 40.7 billion for development.
On Tuesday evening, Gulu City Council received four brand new skip loader trucks worth 1.8 billion shillings donated by Kreditanstalt fur Wielderaufbau –KFW, a German agency with funding from GIZ under the Integrated Program to Improve the Living Conditions in Gulu.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu District Production Officer says that the vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries will target cattle in the most affected areas in Palaro and Awach Sub –Counties. He says the vaccination exercise shall commence on Wednesday.
Gulu City was elevated from a municipal to city status in July last year but its new details had not been fed into the IFMS by the Ministry of Finance. This has greatly weighed down and hindered the utilization of money in its bank accounts.
The Gulu City mayor, Alfred Okwonga, who presented the names of the nominees, said that he carried out a thorough background check on the nominees and is confident that they will perform to the best of their abilities.
Andrew Ogwetta Otto, the City Councilor for Pece –Laroo Division North says due to lack of funding, a lot of Village COVID -19 Taskforces have become discouraged. He appealed to the City Clerk to speed up the process of having the disbursement used.
Jimmy Oyoo, the Speaker of Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City says the council agreed that the councilors would borrow and the Division would deduct 135,000 shillings from each councilor’s allowance of 280,000 shillings monthly for between 28 to 54 months.
Geoffrey Komakech, a farmer in Gulu City told URN in an interview that they petitioned the RCC after all their efforts to recover their money from Gulu District Agriculture Department failed to yield results. He says that they also handed a copy of their petition to the Gulu District Chief Administrative Officer for intervention as well.
During a community meeting aimed at blocking a planned mark stone planting by one Patrick Ojok Lakica who is accused of blocking Samson Oyoo Road over the weekend, the community members claim that several other roads in the area that have also been tampered with including Aber Lane which was modified more than five times by the physical planners.
Cindy Ayee, the City Councilor representing youth says the 12 nominees were rejected on grounds that they had served in similar offices in other districts for more than two terms while others had tainted records and cannot be trusted with the positions.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the 51.2 million shillings is part of 201.2 million shillings’ supplementary budget meant for COVID -19 interventions in Gulu City and that it shall be spent under Health Department.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the land which is estimated at half an acre is located within the town center and that it initially belonged to Gulu District Local Government but was recently passed over to Gulu City Council.
However, some of the projects which received funding have stalled, raising concerns from district leaders. Some of the projects include the construction of a community access road of 58 million Shillings from Rwot Obilo Health Centre III to Atiaba village and the Institutional greening at Zion Nursery and Primary School worth 22.1 million.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor, says that they set the fees after holding consultations with the leadership of various Boda boda groups. He says that the riders will have an option of either paying weekly Shillings 1000, monthly Shillings 40,000 or annually Shillings 48,000.