February 27, 2024

Lira district chairman expresses readiness to relocate to new district headquarters in Ogur

By Denish Ongora (denish.ongora@vol.co.ug)


Lira district chairman Richard Cox Max Okello Orik has said he is ready to relinquish Lira district chambers building to Lira City and relocate to the new district headquarters in Ogur Sub County once government avails funds for its construction, much as the district council had resolved that the district chambers would be hired out to raise revenue for the district.

Speaking to Voice of Lango after a meeting with the parliamentary public service and local government committee yesterday, Okello Orik said they are just waiting for funds for construction of new Lira district headquarters in Ogur Sub County to begin the relocation process.

Okello Orik said they are ready to leave the district chambers building for Lira city.

Lira city mayor, Sam Atul said they are waiting for a team from ministry of local government to mediate them with Lira district on issues of property sharing.

The chairperson public service and local government committee Martin Ojara Mapenduzi cautioned districts in which new cities were created against selling property in the cities.

Ojara Mapenduzi who doubles as Bardege –Layibi Division MP in Gulu City asked minister of local government to write to districts asking them to stop sale of land in cities which is being done illegally.

Ojara accused district land boards of Lira, Arua and Gulu of issuing land tittles for land in city boundaries.

Minister of local government Raphael Magyezi said districts are not supposed to relocate to new areas until the ministry of local government gives them a go ahead.

Magyezi said the districts will receive 1 billion shillings each for construction of their new headquarters which money will be added in subsequent financial years.