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LCIII Chairpersons in Agago Protest Delayed Salaries

Ben Moses Ocan, the Kuywee Sub County LCIII Chairperson says they haven't yet received their salaries for the past eight months ever since they were sworn into office in May last year.

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LCIII Chairpersons in the newly created administrative units in Agago district are protesting the delayed payment of their salary arrears and release of operational funds.

The affected units include the new town councils of Wol, Paimol, Adilang, Lira-Palwo, and Lai-Mutu; while the new sub Counties are Agengo, Laperebong, Kuywee, Ajali, and Lira-Kato. 

Ben Moses Ocan, the Kuywee Sub County LCIII Chairperson says they haven't yet received their salaries for the past eight months ever since they were sworn into office in May last year.

According to Ocan, they are entitled to a monthly pay of 400,000 Shillings therefore they are demanding 3.2 Million Shillings in salary arrears.  

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Sam Santo Ongom, the LC III Chairperson for Adilang Town Council says ever since the new administrative units were created no funding has been dispersed for their operation which has greatly impacted negatively on service delivery to the community. According to Ongom, the newly created administrative units are mainly depending on the local revenue collection, which is not only meager but also inadequate to cater for running all lawful council businesses.

Ongom says that the budgets were subsequently submitted to the district for development funds to be released to enable them to provide services to their community.

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The Agago Vice LCV Chairperson Morris Ocana who is also the Secretary for Finance and Administration partly attributes the delay to failure by the Finance Ministry to release funding for the new administrative units despite disbursing funds for the old units.

According to Ocana, the number of Sub County LCIII Chairpersons rose up from 16 to 26 causing a funding shortfall of over 204 million shillings to cater for emoluments, ex-gratia, and honoraria for elected leaders at the lower local government level and operations of the new administrative units.  

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The Agago Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Oloya Gunya, acknowledges the delays which he says is entirely due to a lack of budgetary allocation to cater for their emoluments and operations of the administrative units which are being experienced countrywide.

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Oloya however says a supplementary budget of parliament to facilitate the operations of the newly created administrative units and paying emoluments of lower local government has been passed and all the arrears will be made within the third quarter of this financial year.