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Lira Councilors Blame Finance Ministry for Unpaid Allowances

Francis Okello Olwa, the Lira District Communication Officer blames the delayed approval of their requisition on the Ministry of Finance and Local Government, saying the process has now taken more than two weeks.

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Lira District councilors are up in arms against the Ministry of Finance for delayed payment of their allowances arrears. The councilors have gone six months without receiving their sitting allowances.  

Some of the councilors are now threatening to boycott the next council meeting if their allowances are not paid. Lira district collected Shillings 400million in local revenue. As a result, the Local Government directed the council to spend no more than Shillings 130million, which isn’t sufficient for sub-counties.  

However, the Finance Ministry has not yet approved the request even after receiving the warrant by the Chief Administrative Officer.  Francis Okello Olwa, the Lira District Communication Officer blames the delayed approval of their requisition on the Ministry of Finance and Local Government, saying the process has now taken more than two weeks.   

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Richard Omara Awio, the Railways division Councilor blames the technical team at the District, saying they are not performing their task.

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George Rashid Opio, the interim Speaker of Lira District explained that councilors are losing the morale of working because their efforts are not being recognized.

“Why do Ministry of Finance in particular denying us using our own money we have collected? Is it meant to punish or by design to see the legislative wings of this council suffocate? If some mechanism is not put in place to rectify that you will realize that as you go for monitoring activities of local government you will get bad results that is not call for but as a result of meager facilitation to the legislative council. "

“When it comes to collection of those revenues we all participate actively so the Ministry of Finance and Government of the Republic of Uganda needs to style up," he said. James Small Chemtai, the Lira Deputy Resident District Commissioner has advised the responsible authorities to ensure that the councilors especially those who lost their seats in the last elections are paid.

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