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Drama as Tororo Councilors Protest Reduction of Tour Days, Allowances

By Matthew Okello

 

TORORO

 

There was drama at Tororo district local government headquarters as Tororo district councilors refused to climb buses to travel to Soroti for a tour protesting the reduction of tour days from three to two.

 

The Councilors who were scheduled to travel to Soroti yesterday 15th December, 2021 for a familiarization tour camped at the district headquarters on getting information that the Clerk to Council had reduced the number of tour days.

 

Initially the councilors had been informed that Shs50 million had been withdrawn to cater for their three days tour in Gulu. Later the technical staff changed to Busia district a move councilors greatly opposed hence proposing Soroti where they eventually went.

 

Before setting off to Soroti, the councilors who were earlier informed that they are going to spend three nights in their journey received information that the tour days had been reduced to two.

 

The councilors in solidarity threatened to boycott the journey if the three initial days were not maintained. This demand caused a lot of commotion yesterday at the district headquarters as early as 6:30am with some councilors standing on top of the chamber chairs to demand for their cause.

 

The clerk to council tried to calm the situation but all in vain. He asked councilors to accept the two days and later come back and sit to determine what would be done with the balance.

 

He also revealed that the reduction in the number of days was because of the increased number of technical staff that were included to travel with the councilors.

 

The councilor representing elders at the district council, Jox Jabwana then demanded that some technical staff be dropped so that three days of the tour be maintained.

 

The idea was quickly ruled on by the District Speaker, Betty Andera Cheria who demanded for the reduction of the technical staff arguing the two days were too few for them to cover the wide scope of findings that they wanted to establish like how to enhance local revenue mobilization, infrastructural development and conflict resolution.

 

It was at this point that the councilors accepted to travel with female district councilors seen hugging their male counterparts in celebrations as they were immediately paid their shillings 390,000 for the three nights.

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