By Moses Alinda
ARUA: Arua district local leaders have spoken out on the issue of the leaders vacating Arua city and relocating to Odumi in Vurra.
Last week, the Arua Central Division MP, Jackson Atima asked Arua district leaders who are still operating in the city center to consider packing their documents and other movable assets and leave.
According to Atima, since the creation of Arua City, leaving the residual Arua district with Vurra County alone, the officials have refused to relocate to Vurra where they are supposed to sit and serve their people better.
He said Arua district is a county like madi Okollo, Maracha or Terego who were given their district status and they went.
He further says there are rumors that they want to sell the assets which are within the city.
In April this year, during the president’s visit to westnile, the mayor Arua city Wadri Sam Nyakua raised the issue of sharing assets between Arua city and Arua district which has left the city in dilemma as they do not have enough infrastructures for staff accommodation.
‘Your Excellency the city is currently finalizing with recruitment process that will see 316 staffs recruited. 60 % of the staff will be required to sit in the city centre so we request you to avail funds so that Arua district can go and construct their offices in Odumi so that they can avail space for the city’.
However Arua district woman mp Paparu Lillian Obiale has retaliated that nobody should intimidate the district council.
She said the properties are in the names of Arua district and government has never given money for the old districts to relocate from the cities.
She said that those chasing the district are not ministers and should stop dividing lugbara people.
‘Arua district will never go, sit, and operate on a tree that will never happen.
On our dead body on paparu’s dead body.
Those chasing Arua district are not ministers why has the minister not written to Arua district to relocate? Because the ministry knows that they have never availed funds for construction. Those politicians want to show their voters that they are working’.
The district chairperson Alfred Okuonzi says the district leadership has not obstructed any service delivery within the city and they should know that this is a regional city which welcomes every one.
He further says when the ministry avails funds for construction the district will gradually move to Vurra.
He says the city leadership has both good and bad people for getting that they need each other and co existence in service delivery.
In 2020 government created 10 regional cities in the different regions of the country.
Most of the cities are still occupying the assets of the former municipal councils as the mother districts are still using the buildings.
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