The money accrued from hotel services they offered to the union during the Iteso heritage day held last year at Kumi Boma Grounds. The hotels are Kumi hotel, Greenland Top hotel, Pal hotel and Stay free Annex Guest house.
Hon Silas Aogon, the MP Kumi municipality and Hon Patrick Okabe, the MP Serere county carried on shoulders during the heritage day celebrations
Hoteliers in Kumi town have accused the Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) of defrauding them money worth 20 million shillings.
The money accrued from services the hotels offered during the Iteso heritage day held last year at Kumi Boma Grounds. The hotels are Kumi hotel, Greenland Top hotel, Pal hotel and Stay free Annex Guest house.
The hoteliers argue that ICU requested for services for three days and promised to pay after the end of the event. However, up to date, ICU has not honoured its promise.
Jacinta Onange, a complainant said they have reached a stalemate with ICU over the money, with little commitment showed.
“Some of the managers who entered this arrangement with ICU have had their salaries deducted for two month running, just because the other party has failed to honour its promise,” Onange explained.
Onange said the services they offered included accommodation, food and transport to the venue, all totalling to over 20 million shillings.
“As aggrieved hoteliers, we are considering a legal action, if this money is not paid within the next one week,” she added.
Emma Wateya, the manager green top hotel said failure by ICU to pay the arrears has put their jobs at stake; “our salaries are being dedicated to recover the money”. He said.
The Prime Minister for ICU, Peter Sande Emolot, regretted the inconveniences caused to the service providers. He says that discussions with members of the institution on how the debt will be paid are on-going.
Emolot says that since the organization lacks funding, there only source of funds is from well-wishers.