YUMBE. Yumbe district has received six brand new Yamaha motorcycles under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) program.
DINU is a development program meant for refugee-hosting districts with its projects being funded by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
Speaking during the commissioning of the motorcycles at the district headquarters on Monday, Mr Rasul Drajiga, the Yumbe Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO) said the motorcycles are given to coordinate livelihood programs under DINU project.
"It has taken the livelihood sector because we have just started this program of DINU and the condition is that all the livelihood programs we do under DINU should be activities where the youths and the women can be engaged so that they can pocket something," Drajiga said.
He added: "Because of the need, we established market construction as one of the first projects. We proposed four markets to be constructed in Yumbe but the DINU project has agreed to fund two market construction projects in the just concluded financial year which are taking shape in Kuru and Kei sub-counties."
Mr Bran Ojock, the Principal Assistant Secretary who is in charge of transport in the district said the DINU project steering committee sat together to allocate the motorcycles to the concerned offices to run DINU activities in the district.
He said one motorcycle has been allocated to the finance department for revenue mobilization, two have been given to the sub-county Chiefs of Kei and Kuru sub-counties where the two market construction projects are being undertaken and one motorcycle will remain for the focal person of the project for coordination.
Ojock noted that one other motorcycle was allocated to planning and another to engineering because the two departments play a central role in the implementation of DINU projects.
Mr Yassin Taban, the Yumbe district chairman said the motorcycles given out should be used for their intended purposes.
"The usage of transport facilities in the district is not okay. When a motorcycle is allocated to staff "A", you will find that same motorcycle being used by ten people who are not officially recognized as government workers but if you share it with a government worker to deliver services, it's okay," Taban said.
He cautioned officers who are going to use the motorcycles against recklessness, warning them to desist from parking the motorcycles at bar places at night and using them for their personal businesses.
Taban also appealed to the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and the security personnel to take action against officers who misuse the government transport facilities.
Mr Richard Andama, the Yumbe RDC appreciated DINU for the offer and observed that the motorcycles will help them a lot in delivering services.
"It is our mandate as security to ensure that these properties are taken care of. These are government properties but not personal, and their safety is very important to us," Andama said.