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Daniel Kaseregenye, the Hoima Municipal Deputy Town Clerk, says they decided to carry out the renovation and expansion works due to shortage of space, adding that following the elevation of the municipal status in 2010, the number of staff increased and office block couldnt accommodate all of them.
Boda-Boda riders in front of the Hoima Municipal office block that is undergoing renovation and expansion

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The renovation and expansion of Hoima municipal council offices has stalled due to lack of funds. This follows the delayed release of funds under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural (USMID) project.

The renovation and expansion works started in May last year under Mazima and Company Limited, a local construct firm at the tune of Shillings 472 million. The works are expected to end in November 2019. However, the works have stalled due to lack of funds.

Daniel Kaseregenye, the Hoima Municipal Deputy Town Clerk, says they decided to carry out the renovation and expansion works due to shortage of space, adding that following the elevation of the municipal status in 2010, the number of staff increased and office block couldn't accommodate all of them.

He says they couldn't construct new offices due to budgetary and decided to use USMID funds to expand the office block but it has delayed to come. Kaseregenye explains that the renovation and expansion works of the office block that is found along Hoima-Kampala included installations of washrooms, ceiling and drainage.

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He says the delayed completion of the works has negatively affected their work since the Municipal staff work in a congested environment.

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A source from Mazima and Company Ltd told URN on condition of anonymity that the municipality owes them Shillings 127M, which has slowed down the works.

Nelson Jimmex Businge, the Hoima Municipal Deputy Mayor attributes the stalled works on technical glitches in money transfer systems recently introduced by government.

Currently, the municipal workers operate from the former municipal mechanical garage and parking yard behind the office of the Resident District Commissioner-RDC.