By Candia Stephen
Arua-For the first time after decades of annual NRM celebrations, the 27-Sub Counties and two Divisions of Arua municipality are set to receive 100 Kilograms of rice and a Bull for the celebrations of the 32nd NRM anniversary, the Central Organizing Committee has confirmed.
In the second preparatory meeting held at the district headquarters on Friday afternoon, the chairperson central organizing committee, Ismail Ocheger, said each of the sub counties and the divisions will receive a bull and 100-kgs of rice which they will prepare to feed their people during the celebrations at Arua hill grounds.
He added that the State House will send money to the district account to cater for local procurement of the animals, transport, drinks and 100 Kilogram bags of rice for each of the sub counties and divisions.
According to the committee, each sub county is to vote some money to cater for other additional needs.
The meeting attended by all the LC3 chairpersons and sub county chiefs, the LC 5 chairperson among other dignitaries also received a warning that accountability for the money sent will be followed strictly.
Levy Dema, the LC 3 chairperson Aroi Sub-county and a member of the district NRM executive committee Arua says the decision to have the animals locally procured and food prepared and managed by each sub county will properly check on corruption, which often follows such national occasions.
“This decision to me is good so that in case of anything wrong, the sub counties will be held accountable,” Levy said.
Meanwhile Geoffrey Edema, the Municipal community development officer noted that since the money basically comes from the center, follow up needs to be done especially in procurement of refreshments to avoid fraud by the purchasing team.
Several meetings have been scheduled in preparations ahead of the celebrations, but failure by the center to provide refreshments for the committee meetings is generating negative response by many of the sub county officials.
According to some of the members, the long daily meetings leave them with fatigue and hunger and yet a lot of money is in place to organize the day.