The four administrative units were created in the last financial year and were expected to start operating at the start of the 2019/2010 financial year.
Their operations were however deferred until this new financial year of 2019/2020 but it has not started.
Four newly created Sub Counties in Lira district are yet to
start operating following a directive from the Finance, Planning and Economics
They are Itek that was curved from Bar Sub county, Awio-Odyek curved from
Amach sub county, Iwal curved from Ngetta Sub County, and Ayami from Aromo Sub
The four administrative units were created in the last financial
year and were expected to start operating at the start of the 2019/2010
However, the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, Keith
Muhakanizi directed Lira District Local Government to delay the
operationalisation of the sub counties citing lack of funds to finance their
Alex Oremo Alot, the Lira District LC V chairperson, says they
have also been instructed not to swear in interim LC III chairpersons of the
four Sub Counties until further notice.
He says they have directed the interim chairpersons of the new
sub counties to resume to their previous positions in council.
They include Haross Okii Hariss who was elected Itek Sub county Interim
chairperson, Patrick Ongoda of Ayami Sub county, Kasimire Ogwal of Iwal Sub
county and Semmy Opwonye Awio, Odyek Sub County.
James Omara Elem, the Lira District youth councilor wonders why the Finance
Ministry didn’t allocate funds to operationalize the new units.
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Omara says the delay is hurting the expectations of residents who have been
anxiously waiting for the new administrative units to function.
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Kasimere Ogwal, the interim chairperson of Iwal Sub County, one of the newly
created sub counties has condemned the decision to delay their operations.
He wonders why they were elected if government was well aware there was no
money to finance their operations.
His Awio Odyel Sub County counterpart, Semmy
Opwonya, says this may hamper their roles to take services nearer to the
Opwonya described the delay as unfair and asked government to expedite the
operationalisation of their units.
Denis Otim Otoo, the Acting Lira District
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says the new units will be operationalized
shall after getting clearance from the Ministry.
Otim says the interim leaders shall also be sworn in pending clearance from the
Ministry. Once operationalized, the four new units will to 16, the number of Sub
Counties in Lira District.