Arua- The district council on Tuesday resolved to closely monitor funds meant for provision of services in order to avert cases of corruption.
During the council meeting at the Arua Nursing school hall presided over by the council speaker Suleiman Onduma, the councilors approved over Shs 8 billion to cater for supplementary services in three key areas.
The councilors said laxity in close monitoring of the implementation of the budget was a recipe for corruption; hence taxpayers could lose out on value for their tax. The council also approved Shillings 1.7 billion for UNICEF to cater for services in refugee hosting areas, while Youth programmes received an additional Shillings 4.3 billion and Food security was allocated additional Shillings 2.5 billion.
This is one of the accountability mechanisms to check on corruption by Arua Municipal council. Photos by Felix
While presenting the request to approve the supplementary budget, the secretary for finance and administration, Sabo Kamilo, noted that there is an urgent need for approval of the supplementary budget as a result of the strain on the existing services caused by the influx of refugees from South Sudan and DR Congo.
The councilors said they would ensure no diversion of the funds. Implementation of government programs have been stifled by diversion of funds, inflation of figures for projects and late disbursement of funds which makes it difficult to complete the intended projects in time.
Peter Thoriet, the councilor for Pawor Sub County in upper Madi Okollo said they will ensure that the additional funds approved for 100 satellite primary schools from which other schools are to learn good practices do not go to waste as this is meant to improve on performance of pupils.
“Sometimes funds are approved like this by the council but end up been misappropriated by the technical wing, which leaves our people suffering,” Thoriet warned.
The LC5 chairman, Wadri Sam Nyakua commended the spending authority of Arua district local government for acting swiftly to rescue services that have been over strained due to influx of refugees in to the region.
The LC5 chairman for Arua, Sam Nyakua, speaking during an earlier council meeting.
He added that the political wing will ensure that services are improved in areas that have been in a dire state in the district and called for the good will of the council to make follow ups in implementation of the programmes.