Dokolo’s Town Council Cries for Unpaid Arrears of Over 60 Million Shilling for Councilors

Dokolo, a small town in Northern Uganda, is facing a major crisis as its town councils struggle to pay their elected councilors.

These councilors, who were elected to represent different wards in the town, have not received their emoluments since the creation of new units in Dokolo. 

This has caused a stir in the local government and has prompted the LC5 chairperson, James Otto Apili, to take action.

In a letter addressed to the Minister of Local Government, Hon. Raphael Magyezi, Mr. Otto has highlighted the dire situation of the affected councilors. 

According to him, the town councils of Kangai, Agwata, and Bata are particularly affected, with their councilors owed a staggering amount of 63,622,356 shillings.

The letter, dated April 30, was also received by the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development on May 2.

The letter urgently requests the minister’s attention to the shortfall and arrears of over 60 million shillings that have not been paid to the councilors. 

Mr. Otto also mentions that a prior letter was sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development on April 3, 2024, as a reminder for the outstanding payment. However, there has been no positive response so far.

As the LC5 chairperson for Dokolo district, Mr. Otto is deeply concerned about the impact of this non-payment on the councilors and the town as a whole. 

In his letter, he addresses the urgency of taking appropriate actions and communicating with the relevant councilors as soon as possible. 

He also warns of the potential political backlash this issue could have on the people of Dokolo.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time the issue of unpaid allowances for local councils has been brought up to the government. 

In August 2023, Hon. Raphael Magyezi urged Parliament not to approve a supplementary budget request from the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development unless it covers outstanding allowances to local councils at all levels.

According to LC5 the lack of payment for the town council councilors of Dokolo is a matter of great concern, not only for the councilors themselves but also for the smooth functioning of the town councils. 

“In light of this urgent matter, it is imperative that the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development take immediate action to resolve this issue” He said adding that failure to do so could have damaging consequences for the town and its people.

 

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