Landlords led by Pascal Amuriat are against the elevation of Soroti municipality on the grounds that the communities annexed to Soroti city are largely agrarian and that the elevation is likely to distort their way of life. They add that the changes were announced during the lockdown with little or no consultation from the communities.
The staffs are concerned that while the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming lives in different parts of the world, Soroti Hospital isn’t providing enough protection to health workers to enable them to execute their duties. URN has learnt that the facility has been receiving only 20 pieces of masks every week against the total number of 34 staff on duty each day.
In the initial planning, Soroti Municipal Council was promised 14 kilometres as part of the social corporate responsibility upon the completion of a-171- kilometre road. Several roads in the municipality including the Presidential Lodge in Pamba were earmarked to benefit from this cluster.
Stella Rose Agwang, one of those evicted during the opening of Ilukor Road faults local leaders for allegedly backstabbing them. She claims that after consulting with them on the road works, local leaders told them that their homes wouldn’t be affected since they were far away from the proposed road map.
Soroti Municipal Council received UGX. 6.6 billion for the construction of School Road, Harridas Road, Edyegu Road, Adams Road, among others under Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID, funded by the World Bank. Another UGX. 2.7 billion has been allocated to provide street lights in all major roads and digitalized traffic lights at Soroti junction.
The Shillings 18 billion project comes just months to the completion of Soroti Central Market under the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program Project-2 MATIP-2. The new project is co- funded by the African Development, 82% and Government of Uganda, 18%.
Moses Otimong, the Soroti Municipal Council Town Clerk, says that much as the contractor, TECHNO 3 Uganda Ltd has completed 95% of the physical works, the finishing might take them up to April due to changes that arose during the monitoring visits by stakeholders.
Party Emokor, the Municipal Inspector of Schools says they have taken issues of cramming as a serious concern that needs to be handled in order to help learners, not only pass examinations but possess knowledge and skills for survival.
Arrow Square that was in the custody of the Indian community has of late been contested by a businessman in Soroti who wants to set there an arcade. The same applies to Soroti Golf Club where Pilgrim Africa, a non- governmental organization has acquired a land title.