Lira LC1 Chairpersons Demonstrate over Delayed Pay

About 50 LC1 chairpersons in Lira town this morning staged a demonstration at the Town Clerk's office demanding payment of their gratuities.

They say they have not received the 120,000 shillings owed to each of them for service last year. The LC1 chairpersons claim that other officials in their position around the country have already been paid.

At about 11 a.m. the group converged on the Lira Municipal headquarters and demanded that the Town Clerk, Paul Omoko, explain what happened to their money.

Omoko had no answer for them and appealed to the Lira Mayor, Peter Owiny, to come to his rescue. The Mayor blamed the Ministry of Local Government for the delays and appealed for time to sort it out.

The Lira town LC1 chairpersons dispersed, but were not entirely convinced by the explanation given, particularly since their colleagues in Lira district have received last year's gratuity.

Adding insult to injury was the fact that yesterday about 710 LC1 chairpersons in Apac thronged to the district cashiers office to receive their money.