Amuru District Local Government is stuck with dozens of government
vehicles that have been grounded for more than five years. At the District
headquarters located in Amuru Town Council, several motor vehicles that include
double cabin pick-up trucks, 4WDs, mainly of Toyota and Nissan are rotting and
The vehicles either broke down due to mechanical issues or got
involved in accidents.
Some of the fleets were a donation from development partners like Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to aid community service delivery,
management and operations of the Local Government.
Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson explains that several of the district
fleets have been grounded for more than seven years. He adds that in 2019, a
Board of Survey report recommended the disposal of the fleets but the Ministry
of Local Government hasn’t given directives to the district.
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The District Chief Administrative Officer Grandfield Aryono Omonda, says that
the District Council already endorsed the disposal of the fleets but the
process will require the engagement of the Ministry of Works and Transport.
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Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner
observed that the grounded vehicles have impeded monitoring of government
programmes in the district. He said discussions are on-going to speed up the
process of disposing of the fleets.
The Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), Act
specifies guidelines for Ministries, Departments and Agencies for disposing of
assets. The law gives authority to CAOs to identify and review assets to be
disposed of annually.
A 2014 report by Uganda Debt Network – UDN, indicated that government operated
over 8,000 fleets across the country. The report reveals that the vehicles cost
taxpayers over 58 billion on fuel and maintenance.