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NUSAF III Beneficiaries in Pader Sue District over Non Payment of UGX57m

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.
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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 the program.

According to Okello, leaders from the two groups have persistently petitioned different stakeholders in the sub-county and the district in vain.

//Cue in: “right from...

Cue out: ... kiloro kombedi”//

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 national treasury.  

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. 

//Cue in: “I got the ….

Cue out: …..on 30th June”//

According to Chelimo, there are in talks with the lawyers of the groups to revoke the suit against the district.  

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