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.
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
“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.