According to the breakdown of the unspent funds as obtained from the district finance department, a sum of 1.570 billion Shillings was meant for wages, 30.5 million Shillings had been allocated for development programmes. The others were donations amounting to 15.9 million Shillings, 436 million Shillings generated from local revenue and 120 million Shillings from Uganda Road Fund among others.
The officials led by the Permanent Secretary Alfred Okot Okidi on Wednesday appeared before the committee Chaired by Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi to answer audit queries raised in financial years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 by the Auditor General.
The district was supposed to recruit five specialists at Nakaseke hospital, 11 agriculture extension staff, Primary and secondary school teachers as well as tertiary tutors. Part of the money was meant for payment of gratuity arrears for four pensioners.
Minister Todwong, who is currently in northern Uganda to monitor government programs, said that Gulu district has returned to the treasury 633 million shillings meant for Primary Health Care, after failing to spend it the 2012/2013 financial year which ended on June 30.