Councillors of Laroo- Pece Division in Gulu City are demanding an
audit of beneficiaries of the government COVID-19 relief cash.
The councillors claim that the officials that registered the
beneficiaries didn’t consult the LCI chairpersons denying the chance for the
vulnerable people to benefit from relief cash. At least over 1,500 people
benefited from the relief cash under the Office of the Prime
Margaret Lanyero, the female councillor for Tegwana West says that
in her area, the chairpersons were side-lined leading to irregularities.
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Tony Obalim, the Tegwana North councillor claims that several of
their demands to participate in the registration process were frustrated by the
technical team headed by the action town clerk, Gilbert Oloya.
Obalim alleges that the town clerk along with some of his staff
registered beneficiaries who are not vulnerable.
Vanessa Anyango, the female Youth councillor says that several
vulnerable youths have contacted her saying they haven’t received the relief
package from the government.
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Anyango and her fellow councillors are demanding that the town clerk and his
team be investigated for fraud and corruption and the beneficiaries
Francis Onekalit, the LCI Chairperson Layibi Central Sub ward in
Tegwana Parish says that his office was never involved in the registration
process. According to Onekalit, several
vulnerable people have since been flocking his office seeking to understand why
they did not benefit.
Denis Odonginy, the Gulu Resident City Commissioner says an investigation into
the allegation of the councillors.
Oloya the acting town clerk Laroo-Pece division says that he was
not at the forefront of registration of the beneficiaries for the relief
package. He termed the allegations as baseless and ill-intended.
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According to guidelines from the Ministry of Gender Labour and
Social Development states that the registration of beneficiaries would be done
by the staff of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics-UBOS and town clerks but not
LCI chairpersons as initially announced.