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Kitgum Sub County Leaders Demand Increase in COVID-19 Allowances

Nine sub-counties and three divisions within the Municipality were collectively allocated 12.4 million Shillings out of the 165 million Shillings the district received from the central government. According to break down report presented by the District Chief Finance officer Alexander Otim, each sub-county and division task force will get only 1,040,000 million Shillings and 40 litters of petrol fuel.
11 May 2020 18:01
Kitgum District Covid-19 taskforce members during a meeting last week.

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Lower local government leaders in Kitgum district have demanded an increase in funding allocated to the COVID-19 district task force to fight the spread of coronavirus disease.

Nine sub-counties and three divisions within the Municipality were collectively allocated 12.4 million Shillings out of the 165 million Shillings the district received from the central government. According to break down report presented by the District Chief Finance officer Alexander Otim, each sub-county and division task force will get only 1,040,000 million Shillings and 40 litters of petrol fuel.

The sub-county leaders, however, say the allocation is too little and unfair. Wilson Nyeko, the Labongo Amid Sub-county Chairperson told a press briefing on Monday that the allocation is unfair given the fact that many people who constitute the sub-county task force have been working since March but have only been allocated allowances for two only days at 20,000 Shillings each.

Nyeko says that they have resolved to continue volunteering without any allowances if the allocated COVID-19 funding is not increased.

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Nyeko notes that the sub-county authorities now expect the district task force to overlap their work of sensitization and mobilization to cover the sub-county areas. He alleged that several donations made to the district taskforce haven’t trickled down to the sub-county.

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Charles Oyoo Adot, the LCIII Chairperson of Labongo Akwang Sub-county says that the unfair allocation has demoralized his team in the fight against COVID-19. He says that the lower local government has been key in sensitising and mobilizing and wondered why they would only be allocated 1 million Shillings for three months’ activities.

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Kitgum Matidi Sub County Chairperson Kenneth Okettayot Aroo notes that there is a need to consider a fair allocation of the COVID-19 fund to the lower local government.

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Jackson Omona, the District chairperson, however, called for calm among the leaders and encouraged them to have a spirit of voluntarism. He says there has been a lot of expectations among some of the leaders and members of the taskforce yet what has been disbursed can’t be equitably distributed to everyone.

The district taskforce is expected to meet tomorrow to handle complaints raised on the allocation of the fund for payment of allowances and arrears for COVID-19 activities.

Kitgum District Local Government hasn’t yet utilized the 165 million Shillings disbursed by the government to support the task force committee in fighting the spread of coronavirus disease last month.