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Iganga District Accounts Frozen

High Court in Jinja had issued an April 16th 2015 ultimatum to Iganga district to clear the debt. However, the district local government was unable to beat the deadline.

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Iganga district local government accounts have been frozen over nonpayment of debts totaling 1.4billion Shillings to Parish Chiefs who were illegally dismissed from their offices ten years ago.

The High Court in Jinja had issued an April 16th 2015 ultimatum to Iganga district to clear the debt. However, the district local government was unable to beat the deadline forcing court to free its account.

The development stems from a 2005 case in which 94 Parish Chiefs led by Ruth Bakooma Nabirye and Aggrey Ziraba Stefani dragged the district to court for wrongful dismissal. They had been fired for lack of proper academic qualifications.

In 2011, Jinja High Court ruled in their favour and directed Iganga district to compensate them with 1.36billion Shillings.

Since 2011, Iganga district has been releasing 100million Shillings annually to cover the compensation costs.  Ruth Bakooma one of the dismissed Parish Chiefs told URN on phone that they have waited long enough for the money to be paid.

Shaban Nkuutu, the district Chairman says the decision will significantly affect service delivery across the district due to lack of funds.

Joseph Maira Mukasa, the district Chief Administrative Officer says the frozen account holds funds sent from government to facilitate departments like Health, Education, Water and Works. He said the freeze would affect government programs in Iganga district.

Gabula Ezra, Iganga district Vice Chairman and Secretary for Water and Works says about 700million Shillings meant for rehabilitation of roads and increasing water access had just been deposited to the account from government.

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Gabula however adds that Iganga district has petitioned court to free the district accounts.

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