NEBBI. The permanent secretary ministry of finance has halted the operationalisation of the newly created Nyaravur-Angal town council in Nebbi district over lack of money.

According to the letter by Mr Keith Muhakanizi dated 25 May 2020 and copied to the minister of local government, the district chairman and the RDC Nebbi, all new lower local governments have not been coded and are not part of the appropriated budget for the financial 2020/2021.

“Although the district had expressed willingness to fund the new town councils with the locally generated revenue, the ministry of finance will halt the operationalisation of all the newly created lower local governments including sub counties and town councils until funds are available”, the letter reads in part.

But Mr Alex Judagi, the Chairman Nyaravur sub county accused the district of sabotage claiming they fear losing local revenue as town councils are semi-autonomous.

“The district is fighting hard to see that the town council is not coded instead of supporting, this started at the inception when the district council refused to approve our request for a town council but we used our own means to get it”, he said.

He said they are going to follow the matter until it is coded so that they don’t miss the opportunities that come with creation of new administrative units.

Meanwhile Mr Emmanuel Urombi, the district chairman said legally the town council does not exit since the right procedure was not used in the formation and inadequate consultation of the people was done.

He said there is mixed feelings in the community about the operationalization of the Nyaravur-Angal town council.

“The boundary of the Nyaravur-Angal town council covers the entire Nyaravur sub county and this situation has created mixed feelings among the different stakeholders meaning the consultation was inadequate”, he said.