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Masaka Municipality, District Tasked on Road Fund Accountability :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka Municipality, District Tasked on Road Fund Accountability

Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka District Woman MP expresses fear that the local authorities could be spending public funds on nonexistent road gangs that are meant to carry out regular road maintenance.

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 The accounting officers of Masaka district and Municipal Council are on the spot over suspicious accountability for the road funds disbursed to them by the central government. 

The Members of Parliament on the Masaka district Road Committee have given the accounting officer's a week's ultimatum to produce clear accountability records for the money disbursed to their local governments under the Uganda Road Fund for maintenance works. 

 

Florence Namayanja, the Bukoto East Member of Parliament, says they are concerned that the roads that were worked on are not maintained properly. She says their inspection shows that most of the roads don't live to their expectation because they are not looked after well. 

Namayanja argues that the local authorities deliberately gave up on the component of regular maintenance of the roads that involves clearing bushes and drainage channels despite spending the monies.

 

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Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka District Woman MP expresses fear that the local authorities could be spending public funds on nonexistent road gangs that are meant to carry out regular road maintenance.

 

According to the accountability records, the municipality and district employs 70 and 90 roads gangs respectively. Each gang is paid Shillings 100,000 every month but Kabanda, says there is no value for money for money.

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Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP and Committee chairperson, says they have resolved that the accounting officers prepare and present accountability records and identities of the gang members for review.

 

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//Cue in: "enkola y'emirimo embi…..

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Paul Omoka, the Masaka Municipal Town Clerk explains that these gangs are part-time employees, the reason they are not visible at work all the time.  

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Government allocated Masaka district and Municipality Shillings 1.24 billion Shillings 800 million under the road fund this financial year