Kitgum Contracts Committee Under Fire For Alleged Incompentence

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He says that Kitgum district is likely to return more funds to the central government this year if the contracts committee does not adjust.

Kitgum district contracts committee has come under fire from sub county leaders for alleged incompetence. It follows the alleged failure by Kitgum District contracts committee to award various contracts, despite the fact that only three months remain to the end of the financial year. 

Richard Okwera Ojara, the Town Council LCIII Chairperson says Kitgum district has the most incompetent contracts committee in the country.  He says that Kitgum district is likely to return more funds to the central government this year if the contracts committee does not adjust. He wants the Chief Administrative Officer of Kitgum to reign in on the committee members to reorganize themselves and get to work.
 
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Charles Onen, the LCIII Chairperson of Nmaukora sub-county is equally irritated by the work of the committee. Onen says instead of generating contracts and awarding them, the committee wastes time in engaging in issues that do not contribute to development of the district.
 
He is worried that Kitgum district will return over four billion shillings to the central government this financial year.
 
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Attempts to get clarifications from the Peter Abala, the chairperson of the committee proved futile as he could not be traced. David Okuraja Omulangira, the Kitgum CAO district defends the contracts committee saying it shouldn't be blamed for the lost funds. He says that the contracts committee members were sworn in last year almost at the end of the financial year, which made it difficult for them to execute their duties.

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Okuraja also denies allegations that new contracts have not been awarded. He says it is the contractors who are delaying the process because some of them have not signed their acceptance letters.
 
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Last financial year, Kitgum district returned 2.3 billion shillings to the treasury. Finance ministry refused to release the funds to the district citing incompetency of the political leadership there.

 

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