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Kitgum Municipality Gets 487 Million USMID Fund

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.
One of the streets in Kitgum Municipality. The Municipality has received a total of 487 milion Shillings for ionstituitional strengthening under the world Bank funded USMID project. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Kitgum Municipal Council has finally received 487 million Shillings for Institutional Strengthening under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development [USMID] programme.

The money is part of the 8 billion shillings the Municipality is expected to get for implementing the first phase of the multi-billion World Bank funded road project this financial year.  

Patrick Ocan Ocitti, the Deputy Kitgum Municipal Town Clerk told URN in an interview on Wednesday that the money has been deposited in the Municipal Council general fund collection account.

According to Ocitti, the fund will be allocated to furnish an office, do physical planning and urban system development, specialized technical plan and equipment, assessing cooperative advantages of localities and development of investment profiles.   

Other components that the fund will be used for include; enhancing on source revenue collection, facilitate key implementers of the project, career development of implementers of the program and discretional institutional strengthening activities.   

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Ocitti has assured the public that the fund will be used appropriately to achieve its intended goals of enhancing infrastructural development for the growing Municipality.

He says they are now expecting the bigger portion of the money meant for infrastructural development to be deposited into their accounts in a few days. 

The fund will be used to develop selected roads, upgrading Kitgum Main Bus park, Mayor’s garden and construction of a modern slaughter house, according to Ocitti. 

He adds that consultants from the Lands Ministry will be in the Municipality next week to make designs for selected roads.  

Last Month, the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development approved the design of 17 roads measuring four Kilometers within Kitgum Municipality.  The approved roads include; Philip Odonga, Janani Luwum, Lakidi, Kitgum Road, Apila road, Park Avenue, Louis Ongom and Dr Panganini.  Others are Sirayo Nyeko, Daudi Okello, Oneka, Tongpur, Oyaa Hellen Dean, Hill top Road, Tito Okello Lutwa, Tabu Odongto and Bwana Gweno 0.727.    

Kitgum Municipality is among the eight new municipalities that has started benefiting from USD350Million World Bank Funded Project this financial year. 

The municipalities are Lugazi, Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Apac, Ntungamo and Busia bringing to 22, the number of Municipalities that are now benefiting from the USMID Project across the country.