Arua City officials are demanding answers over failure by the
Ministry of Finance to remit 20 Billion Shillings to Ayivu Division.
Ayivu County which comprises seven sub-counties and a population
of more than 380,000 people was annexed to Arua City. However, since July 2020,
the division has never received funds that have affected service delivery.
During the City Budget Consultative Conference for Arua on Thursday,
the leaders demanded explanations why the City continues to be run using the
former municipal budget.
The Chief Finance Officer Arua City Sam Adriko disclosed that Arua
City has been allocated 36 Billion Shillings which they have to share with
Ayivu Division. He adds that there has also been a budget cut from 43 Billion
Shillings to 41 Billion.
According to Adriko money for the Uganda Road Fund, honoraria and
Ex-Gratia for councillors and LCIs and LCIIs in Ayivu totalling 34 Billion
Shillings have never been remitted to date.
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Khamis Muzaidi the Mayor Arua Central Division said they have tried
to present their grievances to the Ministry of Local Government and Finance in
vain. He says that they have no option but to petition the President.
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Cornelius Jobile, the Deputy City Clerk Arua says that they will
continue to pursue the money for Ayivu Division from the Ministry of Finance.
Jobile says that they are under pressure to deliver services to the residents,
but lack funds.
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Paul Batanda the City Clerk Arua said they are trying and will
continue to push to ensure that the funds for Ayivu Division are remitted to
the City for better service delivery before the end of this financial year.
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According to the Budget Framework guidelines, local governments
including the Cities should submit their budget paper to the Ministry
by November 21 2021.