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Amuria District Councilors Demand Accountability for COVID-19 Funds

During a council meeting on Wednesday, David Ewayu, the district councillor for Kuju Sub County questioned why only the contributions from Ministers Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, and Gen. Jeje Odongo, the Minister for Internal Affairs were recorded.
Council Session in Amuria district on Wednesday.

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Amuria District Councillors have tasked the task force to produce accountability of the COVID-19 funds disbursed to the district.

The Ministry of Finance released 165 million Shillings for districts to intensify campaigns against the COVID -19 pandemic, a month ago.  The money was meant for surveillance, coordination, the establishment of isolation centres and fuel allowance for the Taskforce members among other activities.

On top of the government allocation, the district also received donations from a number of individuals and organisations to boost their response plans as the country battled the pandemic which has paralysed every part of the world.

But David Ewayu, the district councillor for Kuju Sub County has questioned why the financial report of the district does not capture the contributions in general and instead focuses on the contributions from Ministers Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, and Gen. Jeje Odongo, the Minister for Internal Affairs.

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The councillors concerns forced the area Resident District Commander Julian Iseet Fede, to read out names of individuals and organizations who contributed towards COVID-19 fight and how the funds were spent.  She told the councillors that the funds were put to proper use in all COVID-19 related activities.

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The COVID-19 Taskforce at the district comprises of the Resident District Commissioner as head and deputized by the District Chairperson and Chief Administrative Officer as secretary. Other members are the District Police and Prisons commanders, District Internal Security Officers, District Health Officers, and Health Educator among others.