Robert Olanya, a resident of Amuru Town Council disclosed to Uganda Radio Network - URN that offices at the district headquarters always open beyond the official time of 8:00am as stipulated in the Ministry of Public Service standing order.
Local residents of Amuru
are concerned over late reporting to work and wastage of resources by civil
servants who still commute from Gulu for work.
Amuru district was carved
out of Gulu in 2006, 14 years ago. The district with over 1,200 civil
servants most of who commute from neighboring Gulu, over 60km away due to lack of
accommodation essential services.
Robert Olanya, a resident
of Amuru Town Council disclosed to Uganda Radio Network - URN that offices at the district
headquarters always open beyond the official time of 8:00am as
stipulated in the Ministry of Public Service standing order.
Martin Owor, another
concerned resident explains that people who seek service delivery in Amuru delivery are forced to
wait as most heads of departments report for duty after 9:00 am and also leave before 5:00 pm.
However, the District
Chairperson Michael Lakony, admitted the challenges saying the district
headquarters does not have enough accommodation facilities for all the civil servants and added that
majority of them commute from their villages of origin.
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Lakony revealed that despite
the accommodation challenges for the workers, the business community and potential
investors should consider investing in rental buildings that will aid the stay
of civil servants in the District.
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Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner in charge of
monitoring government service delivery could not confirm nor deny the outcry of
the residents. He admitted that district still lacks developed infrastructure
and key essential services like banking and fuel stations.
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A section of other local leaders say the road infrastructure of
the district is appalling and this affects many things in the district. The
2018/2019 Local Government Performance Assessment report ranked Amuru in 69th
position from 68 from the previous Financial Year 2017/2018 among over 144
districts across the country.