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Bundibugyo Town Clerk Office Closed Over Financial Mismanagement

The councilors led by the LC III Chairperson, Hassan Baguma accuse the town clerk Edmon Maisaba Manzi of corruption, incompetence, and poor interpersonal relationship with others, causing poor service delivery to the people of Bundibugyo Town.
The Bundibugyo Town Clerk office sealed by councillors who are accussing him of corruption

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The Bundibugyo Town Clerk and his treasurer have been locked out of office by angry councilors.

The councilors led by the LC III Chairperson,  Hassan Baguma accuse the town clerk Edmon Maisaba Manzi of corruption, incompetence, and poor interpersonal relationship with others, thus causing poor service delivery to the people of Bundibugyo Town. 

The protesters also accuse the town clerk of selectively offering town council tenders, failing to deal with the increasing debts and failing to act on individuals implicated in corruption tendencies. 

They are now calling for the investigation and suspension of the town clerk. 

This morning, the councilors stormed the offices and nailed planks across the door leading into the town clerk's office.

The LCIII chairman Hassan Baguma accuses the town clerk of withdrawing and using the unconditional grants without following proper procedures.

He told URN reporter that they have written several complaints in the last 5 months to the office of RDC, CAO, IGG and other relevant bodies but these have not taken interest in the concerns.

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Baguma said there is organized corruption in the town where top leaders including a section of councilors connive with the town clerk's office to embezzle public funds.

He said that civil servants have a tendency of hiding information from the politicians, which has caused the impasse between the politicians and technocrats. 

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Jonas Nambayabo, the secretary for finance in the council said the town clerk does not respect the political leaders of the town council. 

He says that when they asked the town clerk for the accountability in the previous council sittings but occasionally snubbed their demands prompting them to lock his office. 

Amos Banji, the Bundibugyo RDC says his office is following up the concerns but described the act of closing his office as unlawful. 

Efforts to get a comment from Manzi was futile as he could answer tis reporter’s repeated calls.

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