15th July, 2016 will be remembered in the history of Zombo District. Zombo District hosted the Hon. Minister of Local Government. The Minister was accompanied by the Hon. Ministers of State for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, and Simon D’Ujanga State for Energy.
During his visit, the Minister commissioned three newly created administrative units (Sub-Coun6ties) of Alangi – curved from Kango, Akaa – curved from Zeu and Athuma – curved from Jangokoro. He also planted symbolic trees at the District Headquarter. The three new sub-counties kick started operations on 1st July, 2016. He also commissioned the newly constructed administrative block to house the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer donated to Zombo District by the President during one of his visits. The Minister also laid the foundation stone for Zombo Town Council Office Block.
The District Chairperson, Zombo, presented a Memorandum on behalf of the people of Zombo. Key among the issues presented to the Hon. Minister were; tarmacking of the road connecting Nebbi to Paidha, via Nyapea, Zombo, Zeu, Warr to Arua and Zombo Town Council, Atyak – Warr road, Construction of District Hospital, Construction of the District Police Station, Creation of Paidha Municipality and under staffing in the district.
The function was also attended by top District Leaders including the RDC, DPC, DISO, OC Prisons, Local Council Leaders from the Sub-Counties, the CAO and technical staff and members of the public.
Zombo District has procurred 2 new double cabin Isuzu vehicles under the PRDP funds. The vehicle were procurred for the departments of Water and Administration in order to ease the transport problem in the departments. Commissioning the vehicles, the Resident District Commissioner, Zombo together with the District Chairperson, and members of the Executive thanked the Government of Uganda un6der the able leadership of His. Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta for empowering Districts to Plan and implement activities in line with the Decentralisation policy. He encouraged the Departments to make proper use of the vehicle to reach out to the community and improve service delivery, but most importantly strengthen monitoring and supervision of the various government programmes.
In the same vein, the District received yet another double cabin pickup mitsubishi vehilce for the District Chairperson as part of the presidential pledge to District Chairpersons. The Vehilce that is meant to improve transport for the District Chairperson was received by the Clerk to Council Zombo in the Presence of the District Chairperson, members of the Executive, Chief Administrative Officer and Technical Staff.
The minister of state for mineral development, Peter Lokeris has assured the people of West Nile that government is committed to building two more power dams to boost the 3.5 megawatt Nyagak hydropower dam.
Last month President Museveni inaugurated the 3.5 Nyagak hydropower station in Nyapea sub-county, in Zombo district.
The occasion marked the onset of 24 hour electricity supply for the people in the region, but it has not deterred leaders in the region from demanding to be connected on the national grid.
Lokeris said that, the sites for the two proposed dams have been identified adding that if constructed, the dams will ably satisfy the demand for power in West Nile.
“We have proposed two sites to build Nyagak II and III on the downstream of Nyagak I, and this will be followed by connecting the West Nile on the national grid,” Lokeris said. He said the fund for the project is readily available.
The king of Alur has sacked his cabinet following a power struggle among the ministers.
King Phillip Olarker Rauni III dissolved the entire cabinet including the prime minister, Dr Edwin Wathum, a lecturer at Kyambogo University, on Wednesday.
In a statement, Olarker said the dismissal took immediate effect and directed all the sacked ministers to hand over kingdom property and documents under their possession.
He said the kingdom was losing direction following the power struggle among the ministers.
Mr Bob Opio, the kingdom’s attorney general, said the sacking had been long overdue and called for complete reorganisation of the Alur cultural institution.
Mr Emmy Kizito, the Zombo District chairperson, said the king should screen the sacked cabinet for suitable members to reappoint.
The police on Tuesday blocked a meeting by Alur cultural chiefs at Lei palace on Jukia hill, in Nebbi Town, after the sacked prime minister said it had been convened without his knowledge.