Jimmy Oyoo, the Speaker of Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City says the council agreed that the councilors would borrow and the Division would deduct 135,000 shillings from each councilor’s allowance of 280,000 shillings monthly for between 28 to 54 months.
Michael Oneka, a farmer under Tidi –ma-myero Farmers’ Group in Bungatira Sub –County in Gulu District, says 12 of his group members paid Shillings 148,500 each totalling to Shillings 1,782,000 to Simon Lamex Ocaka, a staff of United Bank of Africa.
Reagan Komakech, a Boda –Boda Rider in Gulu City borrowed a motorcycle loan and has been paying a weekly amount of 70,000 for the last one year and two months. According to Komakech, he is still left with over 2 million shillings to complete the loan but unable to raise the required 70,000 shillings during the lockdown.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor, says that they set the fees after holding consultations with the leadership of various Boda boda groups. He says that the riders will have an option of either paying weekly Shillings 1000, monthly Shillings 40,000 or annually Shillings 48,000.
Alfred Okwonga, the Mayor Gulu City reveals that the low revenue collection is due to leakages in the collection process. Okwonya noted that at Layibi Market in Bardege- Layibi Division where there are over 100 vendors, the contractor only remits Shillings 300,000 monthly to the City Council implying that he collects only Shillings 10,000 a day from only about 10 vendors.
Christopher Opiyo Ateke, the incoming Gulu District Chairman says there is a very big difference between the running budget and the one for the next financial year and that the operation of the district will not be easy.
Jonan Kiiza, the Head of Communications at Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited revealed that the government procured 2,000 under the free electricity connection policy and that the meters are undergoing quality test for certification at Uganda National Bureau of Standards and that more meters shall be procured.
Out of the total 31, 064,292,000 shillings, Education and Sports Department take the lion’s share of 13,401,589,000 shillings representing 43.1 percent followed by Administration Department that gets 7,293,821,000 shillings representing 23.5 percent.
Jonan Kiiza, the UEDCL Communication Officer says that their annual book value for 2019/2020 indicates that they made Shillings 75 billion but lost Shillings 25.5 billion to power theft, vandalism of electricity distribution infrastructure and losses incurred in the process of transmitting power.
Jonan Kiiza, the Communication Officer for Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited, says that most of the distribution infrastructure along the Gulu –Lira and Gulu -Kitgum power lines have not been replaced since the 1950s when the lines were constructed, something he attributed to the power unreliability in the region.
George Aligec Lapir, the President of Gulu Municipal Development Forum –GMDF told URN in an interview that the authorities of Gulu contracted COMPO, a Ghanaian firm to come up an architectural design and bill of quantity before an advert for a contractor be made but that the architectural design was rejected.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says that they impounded Friendship Bus registration KCT 702G from Gulu going to Kampala on Wednesday morning from Layibi Check Point in Gulu City while carrying passengers full board.