Wrangles in Lango over presidential pledges

DOKOLO- A row has erupted between local leaders and residents of Lango sub-region over the distribution of items from government under the post-war support and presidential pledges.

The distribution was commenced in all the eight districts in Lango sub-region by the State minister for Northern Uganda, Ms Rebecca Amuge Otengo, this week.
The items include motorcycles, iron sheets, cement, ox-ploughs, hand hoes and hydra form machines.

Dokolo District chairman John Baptist Okello claimed the distribution at this time is President Museveni’s mobilisation strategy for 2016 general elections, but it has divided the populace instead.

“The distribution of the items to the beneficiaries is not uniform. There are a lot of complaints among the locals on the criteria of selecting the beneficiaries,” he said.

Mr Okello said this has made people think the President was using his office to score political gains, which has created a lot of discontent among the locals.
In Amolatar, the distribution has been halted by the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Richard Ogwang Odyero, after residents complained of discrepancies.

The conflict broke out when residents found out that there were undeserving beneficiaries.

Alebtong Resident District Commissioner Kenneth Adhola said his office had received complaints from various groups who said they had been neglected by the government.

He said they include former LRA abductees, orphans, child-headed families and mutilated victims of the LRA.

The Lira District Council Speaker, Mr Martin Ocen Odyek, said top leaders of the Lango Muslim Council, had been fighting over who should receive the two motorcycles donated to them.

In Kole District, 50 NRM youth supporters have protested the manner of the items distribution.

Northern Uganda State minister Otengo said she should not be blamed for the controversies because she was directed by the President to give out the items to the persons whose names appeared on the beneficiaries list.

“I cannot work alone, I work with the technical staff. They told me the resources were not enough and that is why we could not give everyone,” she said.

editorial @ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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