AMURIA LEADERS CHALLENGED OVER UNUTILISED PUBLIC FUNDS

Niwandinda Daniel
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Residents of Amuria district have challenged their district leaders on unity in order to realize effective service delivery. They decried the money that was sent for drilling boreholes in all the eleven sub counties in the district in the last financial year, but was returned without a single borehole drilled in the district.
However, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Wamono, also urged the locals to be responsible recipients of service inverted on in their communities.
This emerged in a ground breaking scientific Baraza that was organized at KUJU Sub County by the Office of the Prime Minister, supported by Development Initiative for Northern Uganda –DINU.

In 2009 president Yoweri Museveni initiated government Baraza in Uganda as one of the platforms to enable locals interface with their duty bearers. It’s always a double-edged sword where leaders account to the wanainchi on services given to them, as they also respond to the protection and progress of services received.
At Kuju Sub County in Amuria district, locals decried shortage of safe drinking water and noted disunity among district leaders as one of the reasons why money meant for construction of boreholes in the district was returned without a single borehole drilled.

However, Paul Wamono, the deputy Chief Administrative Officer, noted that the money was returned due to Covid-19-related challenges.

He also challenged the community to always take good care of the projects that the district has managed to deliver.

Though many issues of poor road network, shortage of drugs in health facilities, and untimely distribution of seeds by Operation Wealth Creation were raised, the level of teenage pregnancy is also on the rise in the district.
The Office of the Prime Minister will conclude the 1st phase of the scientific Baraza this week in Amuria District. The 20 Barazas conducted in the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda- DINU’s Greater North outcome Districts of Zombo, Oyam, Pader, Moroto and Amuria were to help the locals spot-check the quality of services delivered to them.

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