According to the Local Government Act, City councilors are entitled to a monthly allowance (ex- gratia) of 250,000 Shillings, while the City Division councilors 175,000 Shillings and 35,000 Shillings for Town Council and Municipal Division Chairpersons.
from Lira City East and West Division have raised concerns about the reduction
of their ex- gratia.
the Local Government Act, City councilors are entitled to a monthly allowance
(ex- gratia) of 250,000 Shillings, while the City Division councilors 175,000
Shillings and 35,000 Shillings for Town Council and Municipal Division
However, the 94 councilors; 52 from City West and 42 from City East division
argue that throughout the last Financial Year 2021/2022, they were being paid
only 35,000 shillings per month instead of 175,000 Shillings.
Tom Oyia, a councilor representing Boroboro West Ward in Lira City East Division
argues that they have a lot of responsibilities that cannot be met by the
inadequate money they are being given. Oyia says for a long time they have
written to the town clerk demanding an explanation but there has been no response.
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we cannot survive.”//
John Morris Ebong, the councilor Omito Ward Lira City West Division says the
money he was receiving is not even half of what he is supposed to receive every
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Judith Acen a female councilor representing Ireda West Ward at Lira City East
Division accused the city authorities of diverting part of their ex-gratia to
facilitate their development instead of giving it to the councilors.
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in the community.”//
Patrick Ogweng, the Lira City Deputy Clerk attributes the claims to the
transitional challenges that Lira city is undergoing from the time it was
elevated to city status saying a number of releases in terms of funds are still
under the municipality and yet government acknowledges Lira as a City.
however, says efforts are being made to rectify the challenges and urged the
councilors to be patient.
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by the center.”//
Niwagaba, the Commissioner of Urban Administration at the Ministry of Local Government,
says that the two divisions were budgeted for as Municipal divisions instead of
a City Division.
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but also illegal.”//
Recently, the Ministry of Local government noted that some Local Government
accounting officers do not follow the prescribed government rates for councilors'
allowances saying that they pay over and above the allowances whereas in
others, the pay is smaller than the budgeted figure.