According to information obtained by URN, Ombizoku Produce Buyers and Sellers Association received Shillings 21 million under Development Response to Displacement Impact Project-DRDIP from Arua district local government to support 15 members of the group to engage in income-generating activities and alleviate poverty.
According to Eswelu, they failed to collect sufficient local revenue because of the low revenue base. He revealed that revenue collection in the district dropped from over Shillings 1Billion to Shillings 426Million, which he attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and creation of Terego district and Arua City hence denying them some sources of revenue.
Sam Wadri Nyaku the Mayor Arua City said the decision by the Ministry of Local Government to remain silent on the issue has affected the operations of the City. He explains that they cannot access some of the movable assets like motor vehicles to facilitate their work in the City.
The angry cyclists stormed Arua Central Police Station demanding the Police to force Safi Alema Tiyo to handover office and also take custody of the Tipper Lorry they received from the President’s office.
But in Arua, the vendors have not implemented the directive citing lack of Sanitary facilities and congestion. The market which was constructed out of iron sheets following the demolition of the main market currently accommodates over 3,000 vendors dealing in various foodstuffs. It has one water point and a four stance latrine.
According to some residents, they want the authorities to prioritize the health sector to manage the Covid19 strain and other diseases. They also want new roads constructed and the roads in a poor state rehabilitated.
In Arua, Dr Willy Nguma, the Veterinary Officer Greater Arua, says that within three days they received 1,863 applications from those interested to be enumerators. He however says that they were forced to drop over 1,600 due to lack of LCI letters, National IDs and lack of Senior Six or its equivalent.
Archbishop Kazimba commended the Administration of Madi W. Nile Diocese for the ongoing works which he said is funded by friends of the Church of Uganda Bishops as part of the activities to mark 60 years of the existence of Church of Uganda.
In his suit before the High Court Commercial Division, the artiste wants both firms to compensate him Shillings 175million each for copyright infringement. Through Katende and Sempebwa advocates, Freeboy and his promoter say that they decided to seek legal redress after engaging the two companies in the last year vain.
On Tuesday, the residents led by the Ayivu East MP-elect, Geoffrey Feta, delivered a petition to the National Forest Authority-NFA Range Manager for West Nile demanding immediate cancellation of the lease offer of 10 hectares.
Meanwhile Harriet Asinduru Executive Director of Young Women Connect a local Community Based Organization in Arua said individual CBOs are now realigning their activities as plan ‘B’ to incorporate the activities of UWONET in their programmes.
Mahmoud Ijosiga Bakole, the coordinator Arua Chamber of Commerce and a produce dealer welcomed the operation, saying many business people are still ignorant of the need to verify their weighing scales.