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Fort Portal Municipality Seeks UGX 1.5B for Completion of Council Chambers

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Muhanga says the they are rushing to compete the building because Gen Salim Saleh, the Chief Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation OWC promised to rent their old offices. During the last council sitting about two weeks ago, Gen Saleh asked Councilors to rent him their Booma offices for the establishment of the regional OWC program offices.
The council chambers that are under construction
Fort Portal Municipal Council is seeking Shillings 1.5 billion for the completion of its new chambers at Booma hill. The Fort portal Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, says in 2010 the council passed a budget of Shillings 3.5 billion for the construction of a 3-storeyed building to house the council chambers and offices.

The municipality contracted DECONS International, which failed to do any work after two years leading to the termination of its contract. The municipality contracted Khalsa Construction Company in 2014 to resume the work, which is yet to be completed.

But Muhanga says they have run out of money and he isn't sure whether they will use the offices this year. "We had hoped that at least by the end of this year would have completed the first floor but it may not be possible because of lack of funds. The central government sent us about 200 million shillings and we added on what we have to work on the first floor only," Muhanga said.

Muhanga says the they are rushing to compete the building because Gen Salim Saleh, the Chief Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation – OWC promised to rent their old offices. During the last council sitting about two weeks ago, Gen Saleh asked Councilors to rent him their Booma offices for the establishment of the regional OWC program offices.

Saleh told Councilors that he would need a building with 25 offices where he can sit with his team and oversee the program implementation in the area. The leaders agreed with him and promised to complete the new offices whose construction has now been hit by a snag.

The municipal council under the leadership of the then Mayor, Edson Asaba Ruyonga set 2015 as the year for completion of the council chambers. Muhanga says his prayer is that they complete the offices by the end of his term in 2021.

The council chambers currently operate in the old structures that were built during the colonial times. Due to the limited space of Musisa Hall where council sittings are supposed to take place, the leaders spend between Shillings 500, 000 and 1 million on hiring conference halls from surrounding hotels.