Vianney Luggya, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Spokesperson on Tuesday told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that the authority has indeed received the proposal from the Municipal Council to have the airfield degazetted.
Kitgum Municipality, with three divisions of Pager, Central and Pandwong last developed its physical development plan in 2005 when the entity was still a town council. The new plan has been under development by Peak Partners Ltd for the last year. It is funded by the World Bank through Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development programme-USMID.
Currently, there are two factions of market vendors operating at Tuma Atoo Satellite Market and Akuru Kwe in Central Division. The rift between the vendors started around November 2018 when a section of vendors were relocated to Airfield Market in Pandwong Division to pave the way for construction of modern Market bounced back and created their satellite market.
Alice Lacwec and Kevin Alimocan all vendors at Tuma Atoo market in Central Division were reportedly evicted after results of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries for division chairpersons were announced.
But Dr Geoffrey Okello, the Acting Medical Superintendent at Kitgum General Hospital says the health workers stopped reporting to the facility almost a week ago, after indicating that they intended to conduct immunization and other activities in Padwong.
Dr Geoffrey Okello, the Kitgum General Hospital Acting Superintendent acknowledged to URN in an interview on Monday that they are unable to provide hand washing facilities to clients because of their fixed budget.
He confirmed that there is still low level of sensitization about corona virus among the community members in the district coupled with limited medical supplies at the health facility.
The resolution was reached during a court session on an appeal filed by the vendor’s legal representative Dalton Opwonya, seeking to challenge a decision by the High Court in Gulu which lifted a temporary injunction against the eviction of vendors from the site.
According to Ocitti, the fund will be allocated to furnish an office, Physical planning and urban system development, specialized technical plan and equipment, assessing cooperative advantages of localities and development of investment profiles.
Other components are to enhance on source revenue collection, facilitate key implementers of the project, career development of implementers of the program and discretional institutional strengthening activities.
Kitgum Municipal ActingTown Clerk Patrick Ocan Ocitti told URN in an interview that the collection of new revenues is set to start next month. The vendors had been stopped from paying dues following their relocation to a new site at Kitgum Airfield in November last year.
The Kitgum district LC 5 Chairperson, Jackson Omona blames the municipal authorities for the crisis. Omona told Uganda Radio Network that the municipality didnt heed to the proper waste disposal procedures.
The Kitgum Municipal Council Speaker, Daniel Oroma, says the existing laws are silent on inducting lower local government leaders. He however, says he has already written to the Local Government ministry to organize orientation for the new leaders.