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Kitgum LCIII Chairpersons Protest Delayed Salaries

The chairpersons from the 17 sub-counties and two councils say that they have not received their salaries for the last two months without any clear explanation.

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Town Council and Sub County LCIII Chairpersons in Kitgum District are protesting the delayed payment of their salaries.

The chairpersons from the 17 sub-counties and two councils say that they have not received their salaries for the last two months without any clear explanation.

Mark Rubangakene, the Chairperson of the Kitgum District LCIII Chairpersons Association says they decided to storm the CAO's office after waiting for their pay for the past two months in vain.   Each Sub County LCIII and Urban Council Chairperson earn a salary of 312,000 Shillings.

Lubangakene alleges that the office of the Chief Administrative Officer and that of personnel are deliberately conniving to delay payment of their salaries despite reports that the ministry of Finance had released the funds.

The Mucwini West Sub County LCIII Chairperson Richard Komakech Pa’Yilibo says the office claims that leaders at the lower local government and the district level had been deprived of their entitlements.

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The concern comes amidst reports that only staff attached to the departments of health, production, commercial, works, and administration had fully received their pay leaving out those in the education department and political leaders.

The Lagoro Sub County LCIII Chairperson Michael Okello says that they are finding it difficult to pay school fees for their children and provide for the basic necessities.

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The Namukora Urban Council III Chairperson Kenneth Nyero Nyok-Cek says the situation has caused discontent amongst the affected civil servants who have become demoralized and are unable to deliver effective service to the community.

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The Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer Joel Musisi regrets the delayed payments of salaries of the LCIII which he attributed to technical glitches that have affected other staff as well. Musisi however pledged to ensure payment of salaries of the affected officers before the end of the week.