Arua City Council has approved 338 Million Shillings supplementary
budget for management of covid-19.
The money is part of the funds from the central government
transfers to the cities and municipalities to support Covid-19 activities.
In an extraordinary council sitting held on Monday, the councilors
The City Taskforce was allocated 37 Million Shillings, 188 Million
to Village Health Teams, and 90 Million Shillings for the Rapid response and
Surveillance Team that will be carried out by councillors.
Presenting the breakdown of the budget, the Secretary for Finance,
Planning and Administration Arua City Moses Adriko urged the councilors to
commit their time for the Covid-19 mitigation exercise monitoring to curb down
the spread of the pandemic.
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Teddy Yako Gloria the Speaker of the Council asked the councilors
to work with the VHTs to implement the activities and use the funds for
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However, the councilors demanded that the supplementary budget should not be diverted. He also called for the
guidance of the VHTs on the proper use of the money.
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Martin Oroch the RCC Arua and Chairperson Covid-19 Taskforce Arua
City cautioned the councillors to ensure transparency. Oroch also called for
teamwork in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic. He emphasized that the
money to the villages will only be given to those who are already active in the
fight against Covid19.
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The Mayor Arua City Sam
Nyakua urged the councilors to carry out regular monitoring to ensure the activities
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According to the Ministry of Finance guidelines, each councilor
will receive 334,800 Shillings for three days to monitor the Covid-19
mitigation exercise, 300,000 for VHTs and 100,000 Shillings for the Village
According to the Covid-19 status report, Arua City has registered
a cumulative 719 Covid-19 positive cases and 345 recoveries.