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
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.