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Lamwo LCI Chairpersons Protest Non Payment of Annual Ex-Gratia Arrears

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.

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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.

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