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.
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.