Gulu Seeks UGX 3Billion To Construct New Council Building

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Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, Gulu district chairperson says the construction of the building stalled after Invisible Children Uganda, a charity organisation that had offered to build the complex ran out of funds.

Gulu district local government is seeking three billion shillings to construct a new council complex.
 
The complex due to be constructed where the current district council hall is located will house a peace museum, hall of fame, offices and a district council hall.
 
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, Gulu district chairperson says the construction of the building stalled after Invisible Children Uganda, a charity organisation that had offered to build the complex ran out of funds.
 
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The idea behind the hall of fame is to accord a benefiting honour to prominent sons and daughters of Gulu who have made tremendous contribution to the development of the district.
 
According to Mapenduzi, the council vision is to display the portraits and profiles of patriots on the wall in the hall of fame to preserve their precious memories.
 
Despite the absence of the facility, the list of candidates for the hall of fame is already being assembled. Notable among them is deceased paediatric doctor Mathew Lukwiya who died while treating Ebola patients in Gulu district in 2000.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.