By Willy Cho woo
Gulu Municipal Council is at the brink of losing sh 27 billion to be given to them by the World Bank for infrastructural development as they (World Bank) set a total of eight conditions to be met by Gulu municipal council before benefiting from the money.
The President of Gulu Municipal Development Forum GMDF expresses fear that the council may not be able to have those requirements in place as the deadline nears October 1st 2013.
Makmot Kitara while appearing last Saturday (27th sept) on the weekly 102 Mega FM Tee Yat Radio talk show, when asked by the moderator about the fate of the municipal in getting the money, he says many key things are not yet in place though they were able to get a certified Engineer from Gulu district.
World Bank has given 150 million dollars to the Uganda government for infrastructural development in 14 municipalities of which Gulu municipal will get 8.9 million dollars in the 1st phase of the project. But they have put 8 key requirements which include a five year development plan, physical development plan, audited books of account, an approved budget, a registered engineer, a physical planner, and substantially appointed town clerk.
“We have other things in place but we are still lacking files for general staff and for the principal accountant and senior Account Assistant, five year development plan approved by the Ministry of Local Government and National Planning Authority, it looks like the municipal does not have any plan”, the president adds.
Makmot who says, “I am happy to say that the district has agreed to let us their engineer for two years, but the Municipal has failed to produce the total records for the revenue collections from 2008 to July 2013 because they are not there”.
The assessment date for Gulu municipal council to have all the necessary requirements to benefit from the World Bank infrastructural development fund was unexpectedly brought forward.
Ministry of lands, housing and urban development last Monday wrote to Gulu municipal council saying the assessment date has been brought forward from the 10th of October to the 1st of October this year.
Gulu municipal council has not yet passed its physical development plan but Mayor George Labeja called for emergency full council meeting last Friday to pass it but the meeting was called off prematurely for unknown reason. It is expected to take place today Monday (30th sept) to pass the plan.
Adonga Akullo Robert one of the members of the GMDF, says it is corruption resulting from bad leadership from the council ruining development at the municipality and he expresses fear that it may also affect the quest of municipality to attain a city status.
“Things are at the municipal need prayers, people are politicking most of the time instead of focusing on development, we should not miss what is meant to benefit us as result of infringe”, Adonga laments.
Another member of the forum says it was a brilliant idea by the World Bank to boost the quest for the city status attainment, but it is being derailed by the slow progress in the municipality to meet the requirements by the World Bank.
Rosalba Oywaa says they expect the money to help in beautifying one of the dirtiest towns which has been as result of poor planning.
The nine roads to be upgraded in the first phase include ring roads in both Layibi and Pece division, Acholi lane, school road, commercial road and cemetery road in Pece division.
Others are Opwonya Walter in Bar-dege division, Alokolum road, Kabalega road in Layibi division and lane that connect Eden road to Paul Opok in Laroo division.
The nines roads were designed by Prome consult Limited a company contracted by the government to design roads selected to benefit from the projects.
Road in Gulu Municipality
The ring roads design will include walk ways, four lanes; parking space, street lights, trees, flowers lanes while other roads will only have two lanes, walk ways and street lights and flowers lane.
The president of GMDF says he will not attend the Tuesday meeting unless the municipal produces the missing documents because they will have nothing to present to the officials from the World Bank
By Willy Cho woo
Teachers in Acholi sub region have out rightly rejected the request by the Residence District Commissioner Gulu, James Kidega and Gulu District Chairman Ojara Martine Mapenduzi to boycott the nationwide strike over salary pay rise called by the Uganda National Teachers Union UNATO.
Appearing on the weekly Tee Yat talk show on Saturday at Mega Fm, a local fm in Gulu district, the branch Secretary Main (Gulu) UNATO Ongom Allan told his fellow teachers to stay at home because they cannot disrespect a national call by their governing body.
“I appeal to my fellow teachers to stay at home, we are not happy with what is happening in Uganda, we don’t have pride in teaching like in those days as we used to enjoy and more so this is a national strike ”, Ongom says.
The teachers’ strike which start today (MONDAY) are demanding the government to pay the 20% salary pay rise which was promised in the last Financial year after they reached an agreement in 2011 over 50% salary pay rise which was going to be done in an installments of three (15%,20% and 15%) for three years.
Among other things which the teachers are demanding for are allowances for teachers in hard to reach areas which have been on and off, salary increase for science teachers and promotion of teachers who have been in the services for long among others.
Ojara, the District Chairman urged the teachers to consider the situation in the north which has been in war for years which has also declined the education in the areas and also consider the future of the children here.
“It was right for teachers to be paid well for the work they do, but I call on you teachers to go to school on Monday especially in Acholi Sub region, considering the situation we have been in ”, he said
Okeny Patrick, the General Sectary UNATO Gulu Branch said the industrial action came following the government reluctant to reflex the issue of teachers in this year financial budget and also failure to honour a number of negotiations to settle the matter amicably.
He said the teachers are also not happy with statement by some officials in the ministries of finance and education telling teachers to go and ride boda boda if they don’t want to teach.
“It is an insult to us teachers, we shall continue to lay down our tools so longer the government does not want to meet our demand”, He laments.
The government recently said they have shifted their priority to infrastructural development such as constructing roads and dams to boost the revenue for the country to help in increasing salary pay for the civil servants in the country.
Gilbert Olanya, Kilak Member of parliament in Amuru district said the parliament has decided to delay passing education budget until government gets the 20% salary pay rise for teachers .He said pay rise needs up to sh142 billion shillings which he believes the money is there but government is hesitating to give it out.
Each primary school teacher in Uganda gets sh314000 as their monthly salary (gross pay) with 30% as tax inclusive.
Olanya says the speaker of parliament told the two ministries of finance and Public service to appear before the parliament on Tuesday this week with different version of the story.
“They will report back to parliament on Tuesday as directed by the speaker of parliament and I am sure they will have something to tell, or else we shall not pass the education budget”, he adds.
Komakech Henry Kilama a lawyer said strike will affect the urban country areas like in Northern Uganda where most of the Schools are under Universal primary Education UPE unlike in Kampala where so many schools are private.
The UNATO through their spokesperson James Tweheyo calls on the minister of Education and Sport Jessica Alupo to resign if she cannot handle their issues.
By Willy Cho woo
Police in Gulu last Thursday night were involved in shooting spree on their way from a night Patrol in Paicho Sub County in Aswa County.
One police officer identified as Corporal Sam was shot dead four bullets in the lower abdomen while he was in front of Police Patrol vehicle Reg UAJ 229Z.
According to sources the police were returning from Wi Lul in Cwero where they had gone to quell tension over land disputes between two families.
The sources also claimed the police used teargas and live bullets to dispel crowds who were suspicious over the arrest which was done at around 10pm in the night, they arrested three suspects who include Oola Charles, Otong Michael and Oola David and now they are in the police cell.
The Aswa Region Police spokesperson Okema Patrick Jimmy said the circumstance under which shooting occurred is not yet clear but police has opened up investigation into the matters. Four of the police officers are being detained over the incident
Acholi PM refuses to vacate office.
By willy Chowoo
The dismissed Prime Minister of Ker Kwaro Acholi Akena Kenneth Oketta has refused to vacate office days after he was sacked by the Acting Paramount chief Rwot George William Lugai last Friday as tension continues to boil at the Ker kwaro palace.
Oketta in his response to the Paramount chief said his dismissal was illegal because there has not been any Executive Committee meeting to that effect and accused the Lugai of telling lies, he is now threatening to take legal action against Rwot.
“ I there take the content of your press briefing as a concoction and malicious propaganda aimed at embracing and tarnishing my name as well as disrupting the operation of Ker Kwaro Acholi as institution”, a letter which dated 15th July 2013 to the chief reads.
Meanwhile Rwot Lugai insists that the decision is absolute and he is demanding the PM to return the institution assets as the new acting PM Otto Mathew is due assume office.
The tension at the cultural institution started way back early this year when the Coordinator of the institution Okema Santos was fired over his statement on the controversial sh200m houses constructed for the 54 chiefs in the land by office of the Prime Minister.
Okema his statement stated the houses constructed don’t worth sh200m each because it lacked standard and most of the houses too weak.
Some of the Rwodi are in the support of then coordinator’s statement and others are against it, so since then the institution has been operating in parallel.
They said Oketta’s remark brought same to the institution and he deserved being fired.
PM Akena has threatened to take a legal redress of the matter because Rwot Lugai who is the deputy to the paramount Rwot Onen David Acana II and now acting as the Paramount Chief is impersonating the chief paramount.
He said only the paramount chief Acana who can terminate his contract and he will be in that office waiting to hear from the paramount chief who is right now in United Kingdom for study and he is expected to return next week.
Rwot Lugai in statement said the reshuflement was to bring unity at the institution but Oketta is now accusing the paramount chief bring division.
Meanwhile Rwot Acan who is still in London for his Graduation ceremony said Lugai does not have power to take any reshuflement and he always move with is office, there is no one who can be left to acting for him , Rwot Acana.
By Willy Cho woo
The Dispenser at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital who was nabbed pant at Multi choice Hotel
Police in Gulu on Saturday afternoon raided Multi Choice Hotel in the town to pick a man who had locked a 16 years old senior three student inside a room having sexual intercourse.
Ocan Paul 60, a dispenser at Gulu Regional Referral hospital was nabbed pant down at the room No015A with the innocent lady who had come to the hospital to receive medical treatment.
The S.3 student of Gulu Central High School, according to the permission granted to her from the school was to report back to the school by mid-day but they were red handed at around 3 pm in the lodge with the old man.
According to the one of the teachers of the school said the girl was complaining of chest and stomach pain and they had to release her to come and get some treatment from the hospital. The lady told police that Ocan had been defiling her when she was still 14 years old.
According to the boda boda who helped to transport the duo said they emerged from the hospital with the lady and he branched at Uchumi Supper market to buy some goods for her.
Police found a kilo of sugar, a packet of sweet bread and cheers juicy he bought from Uchumi Market in the room and a packet of unused condoms as seen from below
A sweet bread from Uchemi supper market used to deceive the young lady with
The OC CID James Asibu said the main would be charged with aggravated defilement he has been be tested HIV positive.
>>What should we do…………..what is happening, what a shame… what are the young ladies looking for ……….what about us the old men around ?
By Willy Cho woo
A one day old was on Monday found dumped in a rubbish pit in Kabedopong village in Gulu municipality by the authority there.
The area LCI Chairman Odongkara Opio Mathia said he was called at around 4am in the morning by a neighbor when he heard baby was yelling for help in the coldness and he rushed to the scene.
He said the baby was rushed to Gulu Regional referral hospital where he is receiving treatment but they are still searching for who could have dumped him / the mother of the baby.
The Police Publicist North Johnson Kilama said such cases are on the rise in the region and warned that those who would be found doing that shall face the claws of the law and he said children are always referred to LAPWENA and Watoto Baby which are helping to keep such kind of children who are either dumped or they are orphans.
The Publicist blamed the increase in the case to school girls who get pregnant when they are not ready for it and at the end dump their babies.
By Willy Cho woo
Police in Gulu district is hunting for pastor of Holy Power Healing Centre after he reportedly assaulted a number of women in his church.
Pastor Ronnie Oduny who heads Gulu Holy Power healing Centre at Aywee in Gulu Municipality is being accused of forcing one of his assistants to become a housewife.
According to Pastor Jane who was posted to the church from the headquarters in Kampala to work as assistant pastor in the church said Ronnie forced her to sleep with him and later they agreed to begin staying like a wife and husband but only after three months she has been thrown out.
“He forced me to sleep with him and infected with me syphilis, he always comes home late at around 2am, I wanted him to give me transport but he has refused”, she added.
Ps Jane on Sunday morning stormed Gulu central Police claiming she was beaten and locked outside.
She came to the police in torn cloth and bear-chested with hands on her head while crying loudly in the morning disrupting the work at the station.
It was also reported that a group of sex venders on Sunday morning attacked PS Ronie from the church while he was ministering to his flocks and he was rescued by congregations at the church.
The Northern Police Publicist Johnson Kilama said they have also learnt that Ps Ronie and cliques occasionally go to Buganda PUB to ferry prostitutes to their homes.
“ I was told that the pastors from the church are always found drank in Buganda Pub and end up with moving with young ladies”, Kilama added.
The pastor is also accused of using his counseling room to sleep with women who usually to get spiritual help from him.
Ps Jane has since opened up case at Gulu CPS of Assault ref no 25/28/10/2012 against Ps Ronie.
Ps Ronie when contacted said the it was demon that was disturbing Jane.
Kilama said Ronie was chased away by the Lira district leadership been involved in number of dubious activities which included sexual harassment.
By Willy Cho woo
The Director of Layibi Green Nursery and Primary school is in hot soup after police on Wednesday arrested him for allegedly defiling a pupil of his school. The school is at Layibi Center just about 100meters away from Gulu-Kampala Highway.
Opwonya Samuel 40s, was arrested after he has been hiding since mid-October last month having been accused of allegedly defiling a 13 years old pupil of the school.
The Gulu District Police Commander Oyet Aquinas said the parent of the lady reported the case to the police on the 14th Oct 2012 after her daughter reported home that she was sexually abused in the School library by the school Director. The girl is in Primary seven class and their Primary Leaving Examinations is due to begin early next week
Oyet who expressed fear on trend of how the number of aggravated defilement is shooting up in the district said Opwonya will be charged with aggravated defilement after the investigation into the matter is complete. Opwonya still being detained at Gulu Central Police station
Last week police also nabbed a dispenser at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital when he was red handed having sexual intercourse with a 16 years old student of Gulu Central High School in a lodge.
Oyet appealed to parents to also take keen look at their children and should try to identify the problem of their children.
By Willy Cho woo
The students of sacred heart secondary school in Gulu this morning marched to the office of the district residence commissioner Kidega James demanding for the redress to continue attack of students by evil spirits.
The students from S.1, S.2, S.3 and S.5 led by their head girl walked as early as 5am from the school to the district.
The students of Sacred Heart SS camped at the office of RDC after the were attacked by the demons, they were seeking for the intervention of the district officials.
They accused the school administrator of taking deaf ears to listen to their problem and instead they end up beating them.
Different district leaders including pastors intervened immediately and prayed upon students who were attacked by demons while at the RDC compound.
The district chairman Ojara Martine Mapenduzi later advised the students to go back to the students as they have arranged for prayer with them at the school which as going to up now in the night which is being led by different pastors and attended the district officials.
Demon possessed student being helped by her fellow in front of RDC Office
According to students the situation in the school is unbearable as most students are living in fear and academic generally has been paralyzed.
The District chairman Ojara Martine Mapenduzi is addressing the students.The students later went back to school which was followed by massive prayers
Some of the students which are attacked by the demons were lying helplessly at the office of RDC Gulu
The district Education Officer Rev.Vincent Ocheing Ocen had proposed that the students should be sent home for two weeks, but the chairman and the RDC said the situation need to monitor before the students can be allowed to go home.
The issue started last week and it was believed that the students were suffering from hysteria but it has gone more than that and it has come at the time when senior four are doing their examinations
Students listening to the address by the RDC Gulu
By Willy Cho woo
Gulu district local government has quarantined a restriction on the movement of cattle to and from the district following the outbreak of a contagious bovina pleuropnenonia CBPP, a disease which affects cattle.
Dr.Tonny Aliro the district Vetinary officer said the restriction will take effect from tomorrow with the vaccination of the all cattle in the district.
Dr Aliro said the disease which broke out in the district since last April this year has claimed the life over 60 herds of cattle in the district. A Contagious bovina pleuropnenonia affects the respiratory system of cattle.
It has affected the sub counties, Odek, Bobi, Lakwana and Patiko and the outbreak was confined last by the Department of Livestock and Entomology in the ministry of Agriculture.
Dr.Aliro said over 25000 herds of cattle shall be vaccinated out of the total 42000 herds of cattle in the district and he added that the exercise will cover 70 parishes in the district.
He has appealed to the members of the public to respect the quarantine so that they will be able to contain the outbreak. The Quarantine is expected to last for six months.