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Kitgum Councilors Demand Increase in Sitting Allowances

They currently earn 230,000 Shillings, which however they say is inadequate and unsustainable compared to the high cost of living in the country and expectations of the electorate.

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Kitgum District Councilors have called for an increase of their sitting allowances. They currently earn 230,000 Shillings, which however they say is inadequate and unsustainable compared to the high cost of living in the country and expectations of the electorate.

Charles Peko, the Councillor for Labongo Akwang Sub County, says councillors can hardly afford basic services because of the meagre earnings, yet the electorate expects more than what they can offer. He asked the district Chief Administrative Officer to ensure that an increment in councillor’s payments coupled with timely payment.

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Charles Ocaya, a worker’s councillor alleges that some heads of departments in the district have deliberately been leaving out councillors in project monitoring tours. Ocaya says the move has deprived them of allowances besides their council sittings earnings adding that all councillors should be involved in project monitoring ventures.

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Mucwini Sub-county Councillor Geoffrey Oguti notes that many councillors are denied opportunities to benefit from several government projects. He notes that there is no way they can improve their standards of living with the current allowances if they are not involved in benefiting from government projects.

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Simon Loum, the district council speaker however implored the Chief Administrative Officer to instruct the sector heads to involve councillors in monitoring before they go for the sectoral committee every quarter. 

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But the District Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan Gwokto, says the district has only realized 106 million Shillings out of more than 400 million Shillings projected revenue collection for the financial year 2019/2020.  He notes that money is insufficient and may not be enough to pay the district councillors 20 per cent emoluments.

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