Emmanuel Banya, the Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the money is meant to aid implementation of the first phase of infrastructural development this financial year.
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Government has released additional 2.7 billion shillings to Kitgum
Municipal Council under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural
Development [USMID] programme.
Emmanuel Banya, the Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio
Network in an interview on Friday that the money is meant to aid implementation
of the first phase of infrastructural development this financial year.
He says the release is part of 8.3 billion shillings the municipality is
expected to receive quarterly from government this financial year.
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Already the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development has finalized the
procurement of a consultancy firm that will undertake designing of selected
roads within Kitgum municipality.
Comptran Engineering & Planning
Associates, a consultancy firm from Ghana, according municipal officials are
expected to start work by next week.
Early last year, Kitgum municipal council received 6.2 billion shillings for
Infrastructure Component of the USMID project.
However, the funds largely remained unspent at the municipal accounts before
government returned it to single treasury account in Bank of Uganda, raising
queries from a section of municipal council members.
But Banya says the money was returned because there was no project and notes
that it’s saved and still in the names of Kitgum municipal council.
He says unlike in the past were respective municipalities hold USMID money in
commercial bank accounts, the rules have changed for all money to be held at
single treasury accounts in bank of Uganda.
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The municipal council also recently procured consultants for property valuation
and physical planning within the municipality under the physical planning
component of the USMID project.
Geoffrey Toolit, the Central Division LCIII Chairperson however says little
effort is being done by the municipal council officials to update the local
leaders on progress of the USMID project.
He says although they have welcomed the project whole heartedly and ready to
support it as local leaders, little information on the multi-billion project
has caught up their efforts to inform locals in their areas.
“I am advocating that the municipal council officials constantly keep us
updated on this project so that we are in good position to inform our people.
To date I only heard that two roads will be constructed in my area but nothing
formal came from the municipal council officials,” he says.
Three kilometres stretch of roads within the municipality have so far been
selected for construction under the project. Under the same project, pager
river banks will be beautified and turned into recreational ground and
construction of a modern bus terminal.