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.
The Gulu District local leaders have expressed worries following
the drop in the budget for Financial Year 2021/2022.
On Monday, Gulu District Council passed a budget of 34 Billion Shillings for
the 2021/2022 Financial Year which is a drop from the 42 Billion Shillings’
The leaders note that drop could greatly affect service delivery in the
Martine Ojara Mapenduzi, the outgoing Gulu District Chairman who presented the
budget for approval says the incoming leadership of the district has a lot of
challenges ahead following the drop in the budget.
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According to Ojara, the drop in the budget for the next financial
year comes after Gulu District was left without any source of local revenue.
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Ojara also appealed to the incoming leadership to be strategic in
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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.
Opiyo revealed that much as the budget for financial year 2021/2022
is inadequate, they will have to work within it to ensure that the locals get
the quality services they deserve.
Walter Todera, the ongoing Gulu District Deputy Speaker and the
Councilor elect for Omel Sub –County says they will sensitize the local
community to pay taxes in time for easy planning.
Out of the 34.2 billion shillings, Education and Sports Department took the
lion’s share 13.5 billion shillings followed by Administration and Health
Departments with 7 billion shillings and 4.9 billion shillings respectively.
Internal audit, Trade Industry and Local Development and Planning
Unit had the lowest allocations of 82.3 million shillings, 121.4 million
shillings and 152 million shillings respectively.
Caesar Akena, the Gulu District Education Officer says that they intend to build more classrooms in
some of the schools and also recruit more teachers.