Geoffrey Matovu, the Regional Inspectorate Officer in Gulu told URN in an interview that it would a double expenditure if the districts in Acholi Sub–Region use money from the government vote to contribute to the funeral since Oulanyah will be accorded a state funeral.
The Inspectorate of
Government –IG has warned the local leaders in Acholi Sub–Region against using
the government funds to contribute to the funeral of the late Speaker of
Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah who breathed his last in Seattle, US on February 20th,
This follows a resolution
by LC V chairpersons in districts in Acholi Sub–Region at Bomah Hotel in Kitgum
District on February 21st, 2022 to contribute money from their
respective districts towards the burial of the deceased.
The leaders argued that
the money would help transport mourners to and from the burial grounds in
Lalogi Sub–County in Omoro district. Part of the money would be given to the
deceased’s family as condolence fees.
29th, Pader Chief Administrative Officer, Alex Chelimo, the Pader Chief Administrative Officer wrote directing Town
Clerks and Sub–County Chiefs in the district to send Shillings 500,000 and
300,000 respectively to support Oulanyah’s burial. He recalled the letter when the IGG said the
decision was illegal and attracts penalties.
Geoffrey Matovu, the Regional Inspectorate
Officer in Gulu told URN in an interview that it would a double expenditure if
the districts in Acholi Sub–Region use money from the government vote to
contribute to the funeral since Oulanyah will be accorded a state funeral.
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According to Matovu, the districts can raise money
from individuals and well-wishers to contribute to the funeral if they so wish
since the government money is tied to specific activities.
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He disclosed that a number of other districts in
Acholi Sub–Region are going ahead with their contributions but that it should
not be in accordance with the resolutions of the district chairpersons since
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Sisto Oyet, the Lamwo District LC V Chairperson
told URN in an interview that he was surprised to learn that Pader wanted to
use money from the local government accounts. He also refutes claims that they
passed a resolution to contribute money from their local government accounts.
According to Oyet, the district chairpersons
agreed to contribute money from individuals and well-wishers towards the
funeral. Oulanyah’s remains shall be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Ayom-lony Village, Lologi Sub-County in Omoro District on Friday this week.