Amuru Deploys Police To Prevent Staff Residing Outside District

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Amuru district authorities have deployed police at major roads leading in and out of the district headquarters to prevent workers from moving outside the district during working days.

Amuru district authorities have deployed police at major roads leading in and out of the district headquarters to prevent workers from moving outside the district during working days.
 
The decision to deploy the police to man the roads follows a directive last week instructing all staff members to ensure they reside at their work places on all working days.
 
Martine Kisule, the Amuru district Chief Administrative Officer told Uganda Radio Network on Friday that the idea to deploy police was yielding success. He said he has instructed police to block all the government vehicles moving outside the district unless on official duty. Kisule warned that they would dismiss any staff found to be outside the district on working days.
 
Bosco Kilama, a resident of Kaladima parish in Amuru Sub County says that they are happy with the latest attempt to improve service delivery in the district, saying in the past they have tried unsuccessfully to force the staff to reside at their work places. The residents at one time blocked the road to stop the district workers traveling back to Gulu town.
 
Five years since Amuru was curved out of Gulu, the district has struggled to establish itself with most social amenities absent. As a result, all the district employees have been commuting from Gulu town on a daily basis. They always arrive at work late and leave early in the afternoon to catch a ride back to Gulu town, about 50 kilometers away.
 
While this continued, the local population was left to suffer due to limited service delivery. Milton Odongo, the Resident District Commissioner says they are encouraging people to open up businesses like hotels, lodges and shops in the town council to attract more presence of social amenities that would lure the staff to stay around.
 
///Cue in: “Amuru is one of the districts…”
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In 2010, ACODE conducted a research on the performance and quality of service delivery in Amuru district whose findings said the district was plagued by poor road network, and poor health and education facilities. The report also noted poor access to safe and clean drinking water in addition to poor administrative structures. The research blamed the poor level of service delivery on what it described as structural and operational factors.
 
It said inadequate revenue both locally and from the central government means the district operates with limited personnel. The research also said the low level of education of the district councilors means they are unable to effectively engage the technocrats in the development plans of the district.