The Pajule Town Council UCIII Chairperson Tito Brilliant Okello says the affected groups benefited from the NUSAF III program three years ago, but to their dismay they have not yet received their money despite having fully implemented the program.
Two beneficiaries of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund
(NUSAF) III project have sued Pader District local government over failure
to pay the group over 57 Million Shillings.
The two groups Alim West NUSAF-3 Tree Planting project and Lamogi
Omeny-Ki-Mac Primary School NUSAF-3 vegetative live fencing project undertook
the projects between 2018 and 2020.
Reports indicate that under the NUSAF Labour Intensive Public
Works and Disaster Risk Financing component, Alim West NUSAF-3 Tree Planting
project was supposed to receive Shillings 42.5 million while the Lamogi
Omeny-Ki-Mac Primary School NUSAF-3 vegetative live fencing project was allotted
14.6 Million Shillings.
Brilliant Tito Okello, the Pajule Town Council LCIII Chairperson says
the affected groups benefited from the NUSAF III program three years ago, but
to their dismay, they have not yet received their money despite implementing
According to Okello, leaders from the two groups have persistently
petitioned different stakeholders in the sub-county and the district in vain.
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Ken Okello, the Chairperson Lamogi Omeny-Ki-Mac NUSAF
project says their suit follows a letter from the Inspectorate of
Government that all NUSAF beneficiary groups that will have unspent funds in
their accounts by 31 August risk having their balances returned to the
Through their law firm, Awino, Openy Nyafono Advocates and Legal
Consultants, the two groups have filed a civil case against the district. According to the suit lodged against
the Chief Administrative Officer, the NUSAF district desk officer and NUSAF sub
County coordinator, the affected groups now want the district to pay the
shillings 57million and shillings 50 million in damages for inconvenience and
any other costs.
The Pader District Chief Administrative Officer Fred Chelimo says
that the payments were withheld because the two groups failed to complete the
works within the agreed deadline.
Chelimo however says their payments were approved through a
supplementary budget before the district council. He adds that the select
committee of the council has been appointed to inspect the works before the money
is disbursed to the groups.
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According to Chelimo, there are in talks with the lawyers of the
groups to revoke the suit against the district.