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Leaders of Newly Created Sub-Counties in Omoro Operate Under Trees :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Leaders of Newly Created Sub-Counties in Omoro Operate Under Trees

Kenneth Odyek, the Aremo Sub-County LC 3 Chairperson, says that they do not have office space and the funds to facilitate work.
12 Jul 2021 15:53
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Leaders of the five newly created Sub-Counties and two town councils in Omoro District are operating under trees and verandas due to lack of offices and finance to facilitate their work.

 

The new administrative units include Labora, Lakwaya, Orapwoyo, Aremo and Akidi Sub-Counties and Palenga and Acet town council. The administrative units came into existence in the 2019/2020 financial year.

The affected leaders say they are facing an uphill task to operate, which they say is denying residents vital social services. Kenneth Odyek, the Aremo Sub-County LC 3 Chairperson, says that they do not have office space and the funds to facilitate work.  

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His counterpart Munu Milton, the Akidi Sub-County Chairperson, says current both the political and technical teams operate from their homes and sometimes under trees.  

 

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Palenga Town Council Chairperson, Stephen Okumu told URN that since they were sworn in May they are struggling to operate because of lack of office space.  

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Omoro District Council Speaker, Richard Bongowat Luganya explains that all the newly created administrative units in Uganda are facing similar challenges. He says that the Central Government flagged off the creation of the new administrative units without proper financial planning.    

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Bongowat also notes Omoro District Local Government has no budget to facilitate the operationalization of the new administrative units. He says that they are waiting for a supplementary budget from the central government to support the new administrative units.

Parliament curved Omoro District from Gulu District in 2015. It currently has 16 Sub-Counties including three Town Councils. In April this year, Local Government Minister, Raphael Magyezi visited Acholi sub-region and said the Central Government has indefinitely deferred the creation of any new administrative structures across the country because of the associated funding constraints. 

Magezi revealed that Government is facing an uphill task to solicit funds to facilitate the operations of more than 720 sub-counties. Available statistics from the Local Government Ministry indicates that Uganda has 364 Sub-Counties, 352 Town Councils and 10 Cities.    

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