Gulu District Local Government has reported
poor local revenue collection as the 2020/2021 financial year nears its end.
Peter Ocen, the Gulu District Senior Finance Officer, told URN in an interview
that they have only collected Shillings 560 million out of the projected Shillings
1.7 billion in local revenue.
He explains that only seven out of their
ten local revenue sources performed to expectation. According to Ocen, they didn’t
collect sufficient funds from are fines and penalties, rents and property-related income.
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Ocen attributes the low local revenue collection to the COVID -19 pandemic,
which he says businesses, limited their staff from collecting revenue at
different points in Sub –Counties and lack of frequent supervision among
He reveals that the poor revenue collection has greatly affected
service delivery in the district planned council and departmental meetings.
Omony Otim, the Senior Accountant Gulu District, says that with the few months
left to the end of the financial year, they are holding regular revenue meetings
involving stakeholders with the aim of addressing the challenges they are
facing in revenue collection.
that they have tasked the finance committee to visit the different revenue
collection points to identify loopholes and come up with mitigation measures.