Kitgum Officials Clash over Market and Bus Park Managament

The town council officials are battling over who should take over management of Kitgum main market and bus park.

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Kitgum town council officials are battling over the management of Kitgum main market and bus park. The officials counter accuse each other of plotting to illegally to take over revenue collection from the two utilities.  

The first group comprising of twelve councilors is led by Martin Ricky Achilla. This group claims to be working to prevent financial loss to the public after learning of a major plot by Ojara Richard Okwera, the Kitgum Town Council chairperson and selected civil servants to illegally take over the management of the two facilities.

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The group claims that the two facilities have irregularly changed hands from one management to the next within a short period of time in breach of council resolutions.

They are afraid that the contractors may drag council to court for breach of contract, which may lead a financial loss. Achilla says they want the town council speaker to convene an emergence meeting within seven days to discuss the management of both utilities.

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David Okot Ross, the Pondwongo Parish councilor says they have gathered overwhelming evidence that council is handpicking service providers that they can arm twist to manage the facilities.

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Richard Ojara Okwera, the Kitgum Town Council chairperson has rubbished the claims as unfounded and politically motivated. He says the allegations are too minor to be addressed by a full council meeting that cost a whopping 9Million shilling to organize.

According to Ojara, the contracts are being terminated based on a recent ministerial directive that requires all markets and bus parks to be managed by sitting operators effective October.

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The conflict is emerging at a time vendors in Kitgum Main Market are eagerly for the redevelopment of the facility under the Market and Agriculture Trade Infrastructure Improvement Programme (MATIP).