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Arua City, District Leaders Concerned About Delayed Sharing of Assets

Sam Wadri Nyaku the Mayor Arua City said the decision by the Ministry of Local Government to remain silent on the issue has affected the operations of the City. He explains that they cannot access some of the movable assets like motor vehicles to facilitate their work in the City.
Arua City Mayor Sam Nyakua (in yellow shirt) with Arua district and other regional leaders engaging MoLG PS Ben Kumumanya on sharing of Assets between Arua Ciity and District in March this year.

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Leaders of Arua City and the district are concerned about the delay by the Ministry of Local Government to decide on sharing of assets.

Arua City started its operations in 2020 leaving Arua district still occupying the then greater Arua district headquarters.   According to the leaders, the ministry should have already given guidelines and allowed the two local governments to share the assets before the 2021/2022 financial year began.  

Sam Wadri Nyaku the Mayor Arua City said the decision by the Ministry of Local Government to remain silent on the issue has affected the operations of the City. He explains that they cannot access some of the movable assets like motor vehicles to facilitate their work in the City.  

According to Wadri, the City and district authorities have several times reminded the ministry, but they have never received any feedback.    

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Martin Oroch the Resident City Commissioner Arua said the fact that Arua City is now a different entity requires that all assets belonging to it be handed over for better management.

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Alfred Okuonzi the LCV Chairman Arua district has called for calm as they all wait for communication from the Ministry.

“I cannot say anything much but we are all waiting for a directive from the Ministry of Local government on this issue,” said Okuonzi.  

Sandra Ewacabo, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Arua district says that much as they are aware that some of the assets will be given away to Arua City, they are not about to move to their new administrative location at Odumi in Vurra.   

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In March, the leaders of Arua City and the district tasked the Permanent Secretary Ministry of local government Ben Kumumanya to issue a directive on the assets.

According to plans for Arua City, the Central Division is expected to occupy the former Arua Municipal Council Offices while Ayivu division settles at Onduparaka and the City moves to take over former Arua District Local government headquarters.

The Arua district headquarters will be located at Odumi in Vurra Sub County.    

Early this year, some of the assets like vehicles were given to Terego district as it moved its operations to Leju headquarters.   Some of the remaining assets to be shared include vehicles, office equipment, buildings and land.