PAKWACH. As local residents of Pakwach are celebrating their new local administrative posts brought nearer to them, the rest of Ugandans will be dipping deep into their pockets to sustain the new status quo.
Though the creation of local administrative units like Sub Counties and town councils seem to be relatively cheaper compared to districts, the overall increase in expenditure in terms of recruitment of new staff and other assorted baggage that comes with new administration whatever small they may be, cannot be ruled out.
According to a letter dated 26th of April 2018 and signed by the Local government minister Mr Tom Butime, the new administration units will become operational in the new financial year beginning 1st July 2018.
The new administration units are the Sub Counties of Dei, Ragem and Pokwero while Panyimur town board has been elevated to a Town Council Status bringing the number of Town Councils in Pakwach district to two.
While unveiling the Minister's circular to West Nile Web on Monday, Mr Robert Omito Steen the Pakwach district Chairperson said the approval of the new administrative units was in line with the earlier Council resolution which created them.
In the circular, Dei Sub County has been curved out of Panyimur Sub County; Ragem was part of Wadelai while Pokwero has been curved out of Panyango Sub County.
According to Omito, the creation of the three Sub Counties and the Town Council will bring the total number of Sub Counties in the district to nine and two Town Councils of Pakwach and Panyimur.
With an estimated population of 8000 people, Mr Shaban Ofoi Kinobe, the Panyimur Sub County Chairperson called on the locals to work hard for the sustainability of the new Town Council and preach peace and unity for its holistic development.
On the other hand, Mr Paul Kinobe, the Panyimur Business community Chairperson anticipates that the creation of Dei Sub County and subsequent elevation of Panyimur will create harmony and promote business among Ugandans and their neighboring Congolese though he could not explain how.
But Ms Santina Ozelle, the Female Councilor representing Wadelai is uncertain whether the creation of the new sub county and town council will benefit the illiterate population in the area. She expressed concern that majority of would be job seekers are not educated.
Ozelle urged parents to foster education of their children to allow them benefit from such employment opportunity from government.
Mr Francis Binega, the Panyango Sub County Chairperson said they are ready to work together for the development of each of the Sub Counties as long as government funds them.
However, Mr Paul Ogwal, the Pakwach District Chief Administrative Officer is optimistic that several initiatives put in place by the district will instill confidence in the populace and avoid suspicion of fund mismanagement. He promised to equitably allocate funds to all Administrative Units in the district.