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Arua City Struggles to Recover Covid-19 Money Erroneously Paid to LCI Chairpersons

Arua City received 234.8 Million Shillings from the Ministry of Finance to support the fight against Covid-19. According to the guidelines, VHTs were supposed to receive 150,000 while LCI Chairpersons 100,000 Shillings on behalf of the village Covid19 Taskforces.
Dickson Adomati Deputy Resident City Commissioner Arua speaking to URN on the money erroneously sent to LCs.

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Arua City is struggling to recover 25 Million Shillings Covid-19 funds that were erroneously paid to 50 LCI Chairpersons.

Arua City received 234.8 Million Shillings from the Ministry of Finance to support the fight against Covid-19. According to the guidelines, VHTs were supposed to receive 150,000 while LCI Chairpersons 100,000 Shillings on behalf of the village Covid19 Taskforces.

However, due to a system error, 50 VHTs in Arua Central Division received 100,000 Shillings while each of the 50 LCI Chairpersons had 150,000 Shillings.

According to Dickson Adomati the Deputy RCC Arua, upon noticing the error, embarked on recovering the money and giving it to the VHTs who received less money.

Adomati said they have notified the recipients to return the money lest they are made to.

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Muzaid Khemis the Mayor Central Division Arua City said with the embarrassment they got when Arua City officials were grilled by the Parliamentary Committee over the Covid19 relief cash given to wrong categories of beneficiaries, they need to be more careful on handling government money. Muzaidi says they have requested the LCs to return the money on their own so that it’s given to the VHTs.

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Isaac Wanje, the Arua Central Division Town Clerk, says that 12 LCs have so far responded and refunded the money while 38 are still unresponsive despite reminders through text messages and phone calls to them.  

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According to reports, the 50 VHTs who received less than 50,000 Shillings have vowed to protest next week if the council does not pay their balance as stipulated in the guidelines.

Some of the LCs have reportedly switched off their phones and obtained new phone numbers to avoid being followed, claiming it was not their fault that they received additional 50,000 Shillings.