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Residents, Leaders in Kwania Divided over Location of New Sub County Headquarters

Last year, the then Abongomola Sub County councillors resolved that the new Sub County headquarters of Akali be constructed in Abwong parish, on land given by the former Sub County Chairman Willy Alepo Acel.

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Disagreements have emerged between local leaders and residents of Akali Sub County in Kwania district over the proposed site for the construction of the sub-county headquarters.

Akali was carved from Abongomola Sub County became operational on July 1, 2020.

Last year, the then Abongomola Sub County councillors resolved that the new Sub County headquarters of Akali be constructed in Abwong parish, on land given by the former Sub County Chairman Willy Alepo Acel.

However, residents are protesting the location of the sub-county to Telela in Akali on grounds that it is not strategic to serve the residents.

Molly Atim, a resident of Aderolongo Village in Aderolongo parish, says that Telela which is the proposed sub-county headquarters of Akali is more than 10 kilometres away from other parishes. She accused the new Sub County Chairperson of defying the council resolution for selfish interest.

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Vincent Otile, the LCII Chairperson Abwong parish, says that the new site is too close to Akalo Sub County that may affect revenue collection. He argues that the chairman has taken the Sub County site to his residence, warning to take drastic action on the matter.

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Akali Sub County Speaker James Okwera says the move to reallocate the sub-county headquarters is not known to him. He however noted that the council will convene next week and discuss the location of the Sub County headquarters.

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Godfrey Otucu, the Akali Sub County Chairperson denied the allegation of taking the sub-county headquarters to his residence. He says it is the council that has the decision on where the headquarters should be relocated. 

Akali is part of the five new administrative units created in Kwania. The government recently approved the creation of 364 sub-counties, 352 town councils and 10 cities in different parts of the country.

In Kwania, three sub-counties that include Akali, Atongtidi, Ayabi and two town councils of Inomo and Ayabi were created.

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