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Lira Municipal Councillors Protest Delayed Payment of Ex-Gratia

Drawn from the four Divisions of Ojwina, Adyel, Railways and Central, the councilors numbering 75 on Thursday staged a demonstration protesting the delayed payment of their Ex Gratia. It took the intervention of police from Lira CPS to quelled down the rowdy councilors. Geoffrey Omara Okello, a local councilor representing Bar Onger parish at the Railways Division Council says they have not been paid for the last five quarters.
SP George Obia the Lira DPC adressing the disgruntled local councilors at the Municipal hall during an impromtu meeting to resolve the crisis

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Lira Municipal councillors have protested delayed payment of their ex-gratia.

The 75 councillors from the four Divisions of Ojwina, Adyel, Railways and Central, on Thursday staged a demonstration protesting the delayed payment.  

It took the intervention of police from Lira CPS to quell down the rowdy councilors.

Geoffrey Omara Okello, the councilor representing Bar Onger parish at the Railways Division Council says that they have not been paid for the last five quarters and are demanding a total of 39 million shillings. 

He adds that each councillor is demanding about 500,000 shillings for the five quarters.

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Jonal Okot, from Ojwina Division says that municipal authorities had ever explained to the councillors the circumstances under which money sent from the Central government was utilized.

 Norah Akidi, the councilor representing Bazar Parish at the Central Division accused Lira municipality officials of diverting their money.

Akidi suspects that their money could have been mismanaged by the officials.

Samuel Ahebwa, the acting Lira Municipality town clerk says he has also been questioning why the councillors have never been paid. 

Ahebwa said when he took over office, the money sent to cater for the payment of two quarters during 2017/2018 financial year.

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According to Ahebwa, he is considering paying the councillors using money generated from the local revenue.

President, Yoweri Museveni directed the Finance, Planning and Economic Development Ministry to pay the parish councilors Ex Gratia following complaints of the meager sitting allowances and lack of funds to execute their monitoring roles.