and LCIII Chairpersons in Kitgum Municipal are protesting the delayed payment
of their honoraria for two quarters.
government introduced the honoraria in the financial year 2017/2018.
Under the arrangement, each councilor at sub-county, town council, and division
is paid 35,000 Shillings per month. The money from the Ministry of Finance is
disbursed as a conditional grant to each local government every quarter.
However, in Kitgum municipality, the local leaders in Pandwong, Central, and
Pager Divisions have not received the payment for two quarters, amounting to
9.4 million shillings.
In Central Division,
the councilors are demanding 2.94 Million Shillings, in Pandwong, 3.5 million Shillings
and in Pager, 2.9 million shillings.
Atim, the Councilor III of Town Ward, in Central Division, says they have held
three meetings with the Town Clerk, but they keep getting different
that during the first meeting they were told their money was in the system, and
the councilors decided to get the money for the third and fourth quarters at
the councilors went to receive their money, they were told the money released
was not commensurate with the number of the leaders and only a few were paid.
The third time the leaders went to find out about the money, they were told it
was not available.
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Ben Ocan, the
Speaker of Pandwong Division said it is unfair that they are being forced to
protest before they are given their money, which is specifically sent for them.
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Cue out: …kityeko tini.”//
Richard Okwera, the Mayor of Kitgum Municipality, said he wrote a letter to the
Town Clerk, Ayub Kisubi, twice on the matter of payment of the councilors
allowance but it has not been honored.
“Acoyo waya tyen aryo…”
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he received reports that the money was diverted to pay executives for sitting
allowance, yet they are supposed to be paid from locally raised revenue.
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Okwera now says the those who diverted the funds should borrow money that is
manually raised from the various sources in the divisions, to pay the
“It is at…”
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Atim, the Vice LCV Chairperson of Kitgum, says the argument that the money sent
for payment wasn’t enough does not count, saying the central government knows
all the local leaders by name and number.
“Winye malik tutwal…”
Cue out: …eni kwo.”//
On Monday, the
councilors camped at the municipal offices to demand their pay and promised not
to leave. However, the Town Clerk, who is said to be on sick leave,
reportedly told the councilors on the phone that they could sleep at his office if
utterance by the Town Clerk angered the leaders, who then called William
Komakech, the RDC of Kitgum district to intervene.
In a meeting
that ended late in the evening, Komakech called the Town Clerk and ordered him
to commit to paying the leaders by the end of Tuesday, or he will have the Clerk
to Council and the Chief Finance Officer arrested, for diversion of funds.