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Interim Sub County Chairpersons in Gulu Demand UGX 92.4m Arrears

They have been in the acting capacities since July 1 2018 when the newly created Sub –Counties started operations.

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Six interim Sub County Chairpersons in Gulu District are demanding for their arrears worth 92.4 Million Shillings.

They include Richard Okumu of Owoo Sub –County, Collins Lawoko for Laliya Sub –County, Richard Watmon for Paibona Sub –County Prossy Auma for Omel Sub –County, Richard Oryema for Owalo Sub –County and Patrick Lawoko for Pukony Sub –County.

They have been in the acting capacities since July 1 2018 when the newly created Sub –Counties started operations.

Oyrema, the Acting Chairman for Owalo Sub –County says each of them was entitled to a monthly salary of 380,000 Shillings and 120,000 Shillings for night allowance for each full council meeting but since 2018 to date, they have not yet been paid.

According to Oryema, each of their salary and night allowance arrears over the past 3 years has accumulated to13.3 Million Shillings and 2.160 Million Shillings respectively, all totalling 92.4 Million Shillings.

Oryema disclosed that they voiced their concerns to the district officials including the labour office, but nothing good came out and that their next option will be to drag Gulu District to court.

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Prossy Auma, the Acting Chairperson for Omel Sub –County says that they stayed in that office for that long without being paid for the love of serving the local community and that they are working on their costs.

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John Okwonga, the outgoing Gulu District Speaker says his office received the complaints of the acting chairpersons and directed the Chief Administrative Officer to address the concerns as soon as possible to avoid legal battles.

Geoffrey Okaka, the Gulu District Chief Administrative Officer says his office is working to have the chairperson paid their arrears.