Margaret Acayo, the division secretary for finance says they last received their honorarium in the 2019/2020 financial year and information indicates that their entitlement for this financial year was remitted to the municipality although it has never reached the intended beneficiaries.
The equipment worth over 32,000 US dollars that were stolen includes 23 gate valves, 18 adapters flanges, 6 T-flanges and 8 taper flanges while 9 manhole inspection covers have since been vandalized by yet unknown people.
Kitgum District in particular received a wage bill of 1 Billion Shillings for the recruitment of staffs at both the District Local Government and the Municipal Council. Lamwo district was on the other hand allocated additional funding of about 800 million shillings for recruitment of staffs to fill in 52 positions.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network in an interview, Magyezi noted that the government is looking for money to fund the operations of the new administrative units with the approval of the budget this year.
In Kitgum District, the committee on Wednesday discovered a section of 15.9 kilometres Akilok Central-Lakwanya road in Orom Sub-county constructed by Giant Plum Ent Ug Ltd that had several broken culverts.
Alfred Alexis Abonga, Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer disclosed on Monday that the firm defeated three other contractors. They are Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd and Chongquing International Construction Corporation-CICO that presented high quotations and Sea Tape For Trade & Investment Co Ltd that failed to meet the requirement for technical personnel.
Last month, the Kitgum district council nominated Ventorino Otto and Arthur Oryem whose particulars were subsequently submitted to the Public Service Commission for approval as new members of the District Service Commission. Arwai, who is also the newly elected LCV Chairperson for Kitgum petitioned the Public Service Commission seeking the nullification of the nomination of two members citing gross irregularities.
The Senior Hospital Administrator Bezzy Peter Omoya says that funds from the government for the Primary Health Care-PHC non-wage funding has been reduced from 98 Million Shillings to 76 million shillings in the last quarter.
Close to 80 percent of non-essential staff at the district headquarters and sub-counties were advised to work from home in a directive issued by Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan Gwokto in August last year.
Bezy Omoya, Senior Hospital Administrator at Kitgum General Hospital told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the hospital has for the last three cycles been faced with undersupply of drugs and medical supplies.
Kitgum District Veterinary Officer Dr. Alfred Kinyera says they have only been using the cold chain for vaccine storage while the rest of the equipment hasn’t been used due to lack of a specialist to operate them.
Records at the district health department indicate the facility has been receiving 17 Million Shillings every financial year, however, funding has now dropped to a meagre 7 million shillings in the last quarter.
Doreen Acan, the Head Teacher of Kitgum Public Primary School, one of the schools hit hard by the water shortage says that the irregular water supply has greatly affected the learning of Primary Seven pupils. The school currently has a total of 167 candidates waiting to sit for Primary Leaving Examination-PLE.
The project works worth 83.1 million Shillings that was allotted in the 2020/2021 financial year under the School Facility Grant funding was expected to be completed by March 5, 2021. But the contractor, Paimol Amalgamated Construction Company who was handed the contract in November last year abandoned the site after undertaking only about five per cent of the work.
The Kitgum district Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan Gwoktoo issued the caution following concerns by a section of councillors who allege that the persistent absence of technocrats at the respective Sub County headquarters was paralyzing service delivery.
Michael Obita Okela, a farmer and a resident of Oget village says he lost 46 pigs worth millions of shillings within just a week following the outbreak of the disease.
He says his pigs started presenting with symptoms of straightened back hair, loss of appetite, vomiting, and reddish skin adding that pigs with such symptoms die within only a day.
In polling stations visited by Uganda Radio Network Reporters in different parts of the country, polling materials hadn’t yet arrived by 8 am despite the voting exercise that should have started by 7 am. There was also very low or no turn up of voters in some of the polling stations visited at the time.