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The Lamwo Chief Administrative Officer Charles Uma acknowledges the delayed ex gratia allowances for the village leaders which he attributes to the central government that has since not released funds despite several reminders.
Scores of Local Council one Chairpersons in Lamwo
district are protesting the non-payment of their ex-gratia salary arrears that
have accumulated for the past three years. The ex-gratia token payment is not contractually binding to Government but it is expected as the honourable thing to do in appreciation for the LCs' work and currently fixed at only 10,000
Shillings per month to each village chairperson.
The chairpersons always receive it in a small lump sum of 120,000 Shillings every financial year in recognition for their work in their
respective areas of jurisdiction.
Francis Arop, the Aluu LCI village
Chairperson says that dozens of affected affected ex-gratia claimants stormed the district
headquarters on Monday demanding explanation why they have not received their
salaries for the past three years.
According to Arop, each of the claimants
were elected in 2018 but have never received their monthly ex-gratia
allowances with each of them now demanding a total of shillings 360,000 in arrears.
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Arop says the arrears non-payment has generated anger
and fury amidst the affected local leaders who are now threatening to protest
by laying down their tools and contemplating seeking legal redress against the government.
The Laguri West village LCI Chairperson
Mathew Opwonya Labrese says they were promised last year to receive their ex-gratia
arrears but to their dismay when the funds were disbursed their names were
missing on the payroll.
Opwonya says the situation has demotivated
them and majority of them are struggling to make needs meet since they spend
most time attending to office commitments and spend little time executing work
on their livelihoods.
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Charles Oola the Wangtit village
Chairperson says it is inexcusable for the government to owe them their salary
entitlement despite pressing them to mobilize communities towards
enormous government programmes that include the electoral process, mosquito net
distribution and livestock enumeration amidst others.
The Lamwo Chief Administrative Officer
Charles Uma acknowledges the delayed ex gratia allowances for the village
leaders which he attributes to the central government that has since not
released funds despite several reminders.
According to Uma, the affected LCI
Chairpersons are those from the newly created village administrative units and
the problem is not exceptional to Lamwo district but also affecting all the
newly created villages in the entire country.
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The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner
James Nabinson Kidega concurs with the LCI Chairpersons’ complaints and the
crucial role they play in mobilizing communities but rallies them to be patient and endure amidst the challenge saying laying down their tools may
negatively impact on government programs.
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Kidega however says they district has
already notified the Finance and Local Government ministries over the anomaly
and is optimistic that the affected village chairpersons will receive their
outstanding dues in the coming financial year.