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The petitioners want the President to intervene and direct the Finance Ministry to remit money to Gulu City Council to help facilitate service deliveries and operations as well as paying allowances of the councilors and payment of staff which has not been done for over seven months.
Leaders of Gulu City on Friday petitioned
President Yoweri Museveni over failure by the Ministry of Local Government to
remit local revenue to the council.
The leaders through Gulu City Deputy Speaker Lamex Akena say
that the Ministry of Local Government is not remitting to Gulu City revenue
that is being collected and submitted to the consolidated accounts in the Bank
of Uganda through the Integrated Revenue Administration System (IRAS) which was
introduced at the beginning of this financial year.
The Integrated Revenue Administration System (IRAS) is a web
and mobile application platform that aids municipalities in the collection of
local revenue from registration, assessment, billing, payment, sensitization of
taxpayers, and linking the citizens to municipalities.
The petitioners want the President to intervene and direct
the Finance Ministry to remit money to Gulu City Council to help facilitate
service deliveries and operations as well as paying allowances of the
councilors and payment of staff which has not been done for over seven months.
Akena, says that their constant pleas to the Ministry of
Local Government, Finance, Parliament among other offices have since landed on
deaf ears and received no positive responses.
The councilors and leaders are now requesting that the President directs the Ministry of Finance to approve Gulu City`s Council project budget
of 3.8 billion shillings against an approved 491 million shillings which is meant
to be shared by the two divisions of Bardege-Layibi and Pece-Laroo.
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Patrick Oola Lumumba, the Mayor Bardege-Layidi division says
that if the President fails to respond to their concerns by Monday next week,
they will march to the office the Finance Minister with a bucket of
rubbish to express their discontentment.
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He noted that the IRAS system has paralyzed the operations of
Gulu City due to the bureaucracies involved in its processing.
Lumumba notes that the city is choking on uncollected
garbage much as they have trucks, cannot maintain community access roads nor repair damaged bridges, adding that electricity and water supplies in their
offices and markets have been cut off by service providers due to outstanding
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Robert Komakech, the Speaker of Bardege-Layibi division who
expressed disappointment, noted that not only have services been paralyzed but
they can no longer procure office consumables.
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Cindy Ayee, the Female Youth Councilor Gulu City noted that
she is disappointed that Gulu City is operating without money and the community
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The leaders fear that the City will lose close to one
billion shillings it submitted if this financial year closes in June.
Denis Odongpiny Odwong, the Gulu Resident City Commissioner
confirmed receipt of the petition letter and said he would forward it to the
President`s office before the end of today, Friday.