The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) has refused to release additional funding for the operation of a juvenile remand home in Arua, according to the authorities there.
Jackson Adriko, the Arua probation and child welfare officer, said on Thursday that donor funding has been held back, due to the absence of a land title for the land on which the remand home is built in Giligili village in Pajulu Sub County.
The land on which the remand home is built was given free by Arua district, but the donors are demanding that the district provides a land before funding for the second phase is remitted. The district leaders say they are struggling to obtain the land title.
The first phase of funding worth 175 million shillings was donated by DANIDA under the justice law and order sector reform project. The money was used to construct two dormitories and living rooms.
Sunday Ayikoru, the district LC 5 vice chairperson says DANIDA wants a separate title for the only portion that has been allocated for the remand home.
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But child rights activists especially civil society organizations are not comfortable with the delay by the district to process a separate land title Geoffrey Dramani, the acting program coordinator for ANPPCAN, a child rights activist organization in Arua says the delays in processing the title could push away donor interest in the project.
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The construction of the remand home is expected to cost more than 300 million shillings. # # #