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District Leaders in Lango Ask Gov't to Reinstate Development Equalization Grant

Last month a circular from the Ministry of Finance was sent to Chief Administrative Officers across the country directing them not to include DDEG in their budget for the next financial year because the government is introducing the new Parish Development Model where funds will be sent directly to the parishes instead of sub-counties, effective July 1.

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District leaders in the Lango sub-region have raised concerns over government's decision to scrap the Discretionary Development Equalization Grant (DDEG).

Last month a circular from the Ministry of Finance was sent to Chief Administrative Officers across the country directing them not to include DDEG in their budget for the next financial year because the government is introducing the new Parish Development Model where funds will be sent directly to the parishes instead of sub-counties, effective July 1.

The Development Discretionary Equalization Grant (DDEG) is a revolving program targeting the poor and unemployed youth. It focuses on Agriculture and the projects invested are income-generating projects like farming, poultry and value addition. Funds are also put under road works.

In the last quarter, Kwania district received 5 billion Shillings, which was used to procure heifers, Apac district received 800 million shillings for capacity building of staff and Oyam 2 Billion Shillings that was used to procure heifers, among other districts.

Kwania district councillors have asked the government to revise their decision since it is greatly affecting their capital development.

George KK Akaca, the District LCV Councilor for Aduku Town Council says the government should reinstate the DDEG program into the district budget since Kwania is still a new district.

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Kwania District Chief Administrative Officer Albina Awor is worried that scrapping DDEG will derail their capital development since the district does not collect enough local revenue to close the gap.

She observed that Kwania district will face difficulties to cope up with the financial gap created by appealing to the government to revise their decision.

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In Apac district, the authorities have also written to the government requesting the revision of their decision to remove DDEG from their district budget. Peter Obong Acuda, the speaker of Apac district local council says the decision taken by the government is not fair since it will affect development and council operation.

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Christ Ongom, the speaker of Oyam district said the guideline is so discriminatory because some regions have not been affected.

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