The report presented by the outgoing Kitgum District Chairperson Jackson Omona shows a total of 13,188 households were by the end of last year using off-grid solar products for lighting and other uses. It equally showed an increment of solar usage in the district by more than ten times from the 2,041 households surveyed in 2016 that were found to be using solar energy in rural and urban areas.
According to the draft budget, Education and sports took the lion share of shillings 13.2 billion followed by health and environment at shillings 7 billion, administration at 4.7 billion and production and marketing at shillings 4.5 billion.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network in an interview, Magyezi noted that the government is looking for money to fund the operations of the new administrative units with the approval of the budget this year.
In Kitgum District, the committee on Wednesday discovered a section of 15.9 kilometres Akilok Central-Lakwanya road in Orom Sub-county constructed by Giant Plum Ent Ug Ltd that had several broken culverts.
Alfred Alexis Abonga, Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer disclosed on Monday that the firm defeated three other contractors. They are Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd and Chongquing International Construction Corporation-CICO that presented high quotations and Sea Tape For Trade & Investment Co Ltd that failed to meet the requirement for technical personnel.
Gen Lokech specifically pointed fingers at the Resident District Commissioners, District Police Commanders, and some political heads as some of the offices through which crime is abetted. Gen Lokech linked the current “abnormal” temperature experienced in the region to the plunder of forest resources and destruction of the forest cover.
Atenyo says two months into growing okra, sukuma wiki [Collard Greens], and pumpkin, she is earning decently. She now makes between shillings 10,000 to 20,000 daily from sales of vegetables in the market adding that she has been able to provide for the family and join a SACCO group to save money.
Doreen Acan, the Head Teacher of Kitgum Public Primary School, one of the schools hit hard by the water shortage says that the irregular water supply has greatly affected the learning of Primary Seven pupils. The school currently has a total of 167 candidates waiting to sit for Primary Leaving Examination-PLE.
East Acholi is considered one of the cotton basket in Acholi sub-region. In 2020, cotton farmers in the districts of Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader and Agago, collectively produced 30,000 bales of lint according to statistics from the Uganda ginners and Cotton exporters association.
The Municipal Acting Town clerk Bosco Kidega-Calo says the bus park reconstruction project with funding from Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development - Additional Funding (USMID-AF) will see modern infrastructures erected and all roads surrounding the main bus park upgraded.
Kitgum Resident Commissioner William Komakech who is also the district Emyoga program coordinator says the funds have been disbursed to the three constituencies of Chua East, Chua West and Kitgum Municipality with each receiving 560 million shillings.