Gulu DLG impounds over 200 bags of charcoal 

Charcoal sacks being displayed for sale. Courtesy/File Photo.

Gulu DLG impounds over 200 bags of charcoal

Gulu – 21, August 2021: Gulu district local government (DLG) has impounded over 200 bags of charcoal from illegal charcoal dealers. The district is in the process of raising local revenue of Uganda shillings 161 million as demanded by the Ministry of Finance before 15 September 2021.

Christopher Opiyo Ateker, the Gulu district LC5 chairperson disclosed that the district has launched a “massive collection of revenue” drive in order to meet the demand of the Ministry of Finance imposed on the district.

Gulu district local government had approved a budget of Uganda shillings 1.4 billion for the financial year 2021/2022. The Finance Ministry wants the district to raise shillings 161 million before the ministry wire the money into the district account.

“We are demanded to raise Uganda shillings 161 million so that the approved budget is sent to us,” says Opiyo.

We have just raised Uganda shillings 69 million only as per the past one month of July and we have a lot to bring forth so that we meet the requirements, added Ateker.

He noted that the district should put together great and better initiatives in order to raise the money since the deadline by the ministry of finance is 15. September 2021 and they must seriously embark on the revenue collections from both the business owners and charcoal dealers in the district.

“I am content that by the end of this month, August, we will raise the money,” Ateker confidently noted.

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