Residents of Atongtidi Sub County in Kwania district have offered land for the construction of the Sub-county headquarters. The government approved the creation of Atongtidi, Ayabi, Akali sub-counties and Inomo and Ayabi Town Councils in the last financial year 2020/2021.
However, the new administration units are embroiled in serious land wrangles and are struggling to find land to set up their offices. Atongtidi, curved from Chawente Sub County became operational on July 1st, 2021.
It currently operates in rented premises. As a result, residents of Atongtidi parish have donated 25 acres of land for the construction of the sub-county headquarters. The community land covers Te-ilwa A and B villages.
Betty Ogwang, a resident of Te-ilwa ‘A’ village in Atongtidi parish, says that they agreed to give the land to the Sub County leaders freely to pave way for development.
Douglas Opio, another resident believes that offering the land for the establishment of the Sub County headquarters will bring services closer to the locals.
Patrick Onyum Okwang, the LC III chairperson of Atongtidi Sub County, says that they have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the community that donated the land pending the disbursement of the operationalization fund by the central government to commence the project.
Translation: “We managed to acquire a land where we are going to construct our Sub County headquarters, all is already documented and processes to have the physical and master plan is ongoing, pending the release of start-up fund by the central government”
Geoffrey Eling Owera, the Kwania district LC V Vice-chairperson, says that the district has set aside Shillings 30 million to kickstart the project.