Fort Portal Municipal councillors on Thursday stormed the office
of the Town Clerk, Geoffrey Bamanyisa, over unpaid council sitting allowances.
The councillors, who were rowdy, argued that they have not received their
allowances for four consecutive council sittings and ex-gratia for two
They also noted that allowances for respective standing committees had also not
been paid, making the committee members fail to do their work. In total, the councillors
are demanding 20 million shillings.
Joseph Ndamira Musirikale, the Nyabukara Ward councillor argued that they
cannot go four months without their allowances yet they also have financial
demands to meet.
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Sarah Nakalema, the Bazaar ward councillor noted that what hurts the most is
that when they ask Bamanyisa about their arrears, he gives arrogant responses.
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As councillors attempted to lock Bamanyisa from inside his office, police from
Fort Portal Police station was called in to quell the situation.
They asked councillors to give space to other leaders like the Municipality
Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, Kabarole Resident District Commissioner – RDC,
Steven Asiimwe, and other top leaders, to meet Bamanyisa over the matter.
After the meeting, the councillors were informed that they will
get their money before the end of this week.
Muhanga said it was as a result of Bamanyisa failing to
communicate properly to the affected councilors.
Muhanga noted that the town clerk is very poor at communication,
which leaves him as the political head of the municipality in a fix to explain
things that he doesn’t have information about.
But Bamanyisa said that the delay in payment was as a result of a
lengthy process of payment, which he did not explain. He added that some of the
allowance arrears for councilors were for last year when he had not yet joined