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.
Lillian Nkwenge, the UNMA Principal Public Relations Officer told URN from Gulu that the WIDS forecasts between a period of six hours to three months. She explained that the Application was developed to support planning for a day to day operations and also long term planning for farmers.