Kitgum Town Council Projects Stall As District Withholds Funds Under Unclear Circumstances

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Two of the affected projects are the upgrading of five roads and fencing of Boma Ground.

Several projects in Kitgum Town Council have stalled following the failure by the district to release funds for second and third quarters for the 2012/2013 financial year. Two of the affected projects are the upgrading of five roads and fencing of Boma Ground. The affected projects are worth 140 million shillings. 

According to information obtained by URN, the money includes 90 million shillings under the Road funds, 23 million shullings for Community Demand Driven programs and 19 million shilling for projects under Local Government Development Programme.
 
The delay to release the funds has forced Richard Ojara Okwera, the Kitgum town council LC 3 chairperson to write to the Chief Administrative Officer seeking an explanation why the money has not been released, yet the sub counties have received their share.
 
In a 12th April letter, Okwera urges the CAO to expedite the release of the funds to enable the successful implementation of the activities it was intended for since the 2012/2013 financial year is about to end. The chairperson is worried that Kitgum Town Council maybe forced to return the money to the treasury if it is not utilized before the end of the financial year.
 
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He says he doesn’t want the crisis that hits the district every year of returning the unspent funds back to the treasury to happen to the town council. David Okuraja Omulangira, the Kitgum Chief Administrative Officer acknowledges the delay to release the funds.

Okuraja however attributes the problem to Integrated Financial Management System that was installed in the district last year. The CAO says the system kept on rejecting all the transfers until the district stopped the usage;

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