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Maracha Officials Irked by Delayed Approval of Covid19 Money

In a joint meeting held this week, the Task Force members wondered why the Chief Administrative Officer has delayed the approval of the funds for utilisation.
Esther Cherop RDC Maracha addressing the district covid19 task force members at thevdistrict headquarters.

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Maracha District Covid19 Task force members are disappointed over the delayed approval of the Shillings 165 million disbursed by government to facilitate Covid19 activities. 

The Task Force members say the Finance, Planning and Economics Development Ministry released the money to the district two weeks ago with instructions that it should be spent in accordance with the guidelines from the Health ministry.

They however, say the Chief Administrative Officer has dragged on with the matter, yet there is overwhelming need from the local community. 

In a joint meeting held this week, the Task Force members wondered why the Chief Administrative Officer has delayed the approval of the funds for utilisation.

 

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However, the Maracha Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Modest Wadia, says the Integrated Financial Management System-IFMIS doesn’t allow local governments to spend over Shillings 40 million, which has technically tied them down.  

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In her response to the concerns by the members of the District Covid19 Task force, Esther Sowed Cherop, the Maracha Resident District Commissioner has directed the Accounting officer to immediately avail plans and the money for usage. 

According to the RDC, the delayed utilisation of the money is uncalled for since this is under emergency provision

 

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Task force members in other district in West Nile have equally raised similar concerns on when the money released to the district task forces will be put to use. 

Early this week, members of Arua District Covid19 Taskforce tasked the CAO to explain in a general meeting what the Shillings 165 million was meant for.

However, the CAO said Ministry of Finance was in the process of unlocking the whole amount for use in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.