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
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.
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
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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