Batanda is also accused of failure to present to council the budget estimates for the 2018/2019 financial year, adding that the budget he submitted to the Finance Ministry is different from the one that was laid in council. Councilors also claim that the town clerk altered receipts of the income and expenditure for council departments for the 2017/2018 financial ye
councilors are divided over a petition to interdict the town clerk, Paul
Batanda and Principal Finance Officer, Richard Mabala over declining local
revenue collection. On July 9th, 2019, r Kassim Madagi, the Male
Youth councilor petitioned the Speaker on behalf of councilors notifying him
about their intention to table a motion seeking the interdiction of the two
In the petition, the
duo is accused of working in disregard of the constitution and local government
act and the Financial Accounting Regulations. “To our surprise, Mr.
Speaker the town Clerk and the Principal Finance officer have not ensured that
some of these laws be implemented by the technical officers, which has led to
declining revenue collection” the letter seen by URN reads.
Batanda is also accused of failure to present to
council the budget estimates for the 2018/2019 financial year, adding that the
budget he submitted to the Finance Ministry is different from the one that was
laid in council. Councilors also claim that the town clerk altered receipts of
the income and expenditure for council departments for the 2017/2018 financial
Batanda is also accused of failure to implement lawful council resolutions as provided for in
the local government act, which they claim has led to misappropriation of local
revenue by technical staff. In their petition, the councilors want the
town clerk and Principal Finance Officer to appear before council to respond to
the allegations or else face interdiction.
However, some of the councilors who endorsed the petition are
considering withdrawing their signatures, saying they didn’t understand what
the petition was about before they signed it. Ketty Manake, the Namakwekwe Ward Female councilor,
claims that a team of technical staff and politicians led by the Mayor Mutwalib
Zandya met the petitioners and convinced them not to go ahead with the
Manake said she decided to abandon the petition because she doesn’t understand
its main objective. Manake said that she had signed the petition
because of the mess she had seen in local revenue collection but says the town
clerk and other leaders explained to her that they would change for better
results and that is why she has decided to withdraw.
//Cue in: I went alone…
Cue out:…to collect revenue”//
Immaculate Nakibule, the South Central Ward
councilor denies signing any petition even when her signature appears on the
copy of the petition URN has seen. Azida Muzaki, who also signed on the petition
told our reporter on phone that she wasn’t part to the petition and declined to
According to sources privy to the matter, some of the
councilors distancing themselves from the petition have been compromised. The source also noted that some of the councilors are buying
favors from the town clerk because they are sure they will not return to
council in 2021.
Kasim Madagi, the Male Youth councilor who is
the lead petitioner, says those who are withdrawing their signatures have been
coerced by some long serving councilors.
//Cue in: abasing obunji…
Cue out: …gwe asinga abanji”//
Yusuf Muhubu, the IUIU ward representative, says
they petitioned the speaker because they need an explanation from the technocrats
on decreasing revenue collections.
//Cue in: Town nga Arua… .
Cue out:… Mbale municipal council”//
Michael Mafabi Nandala, the Speaker Mbale
Municipality told URN that he received the petition but it was wrongly
addressed and advised the petitioners to rewrite it.
//Cue in: “The way it had…
Cue out:…clerk to council”//
The Town Clerk, Paul Batanda couldn’t comment on
the matter but referred our reporter to the clerk to council, Dominic Wanzila.
Wanzila said his office started receiving
instructions from some members who had earlier signed the petition indicating
that they were withdrawing.
//Cue in: after the petition…
Cue out:…require quorum”//
Mbale municipality suffered a short fall of over
Shillings 2B in local revenue collection in the last financial year. Only
Shillings 2billion out of the projected Shillings 4.8billion was collected.