Mbale City councillors have tasked the City Task Force to account for the covid-19 funds.
The Ministry of Health released 365 Million Shillings
to the district to help in the fight against the pandemic. The money was meant
to pay village Health Teams, facilitate inland travels of district task force
officials, and pay allowances for the taskforce officials and vehicle maintenance
On Wednesday during a special siting, the councillors asked members of the task force to explain how the money was spent. The
councillors argued that they had registered several complaints of people who
did not receive the money.
Rebecca Newumbe, a Female councillor representing Workers told the council that
the public is demanding the accountability of the money but has no answers on
how the funds were utilized.
She also said that some medical workers did not receive their money.
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Isaac Waniala, a Councilor representing Industrial City Division West said that
some councillors did not receive funds for mobilization and sensitization of
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Ismael Mukankadi, the Male Worker’s representative at the City questioned what the
money was used for. He adds the budget had been inflated noting that hiring a public
address system was allocated 20 Million Shillings.
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The Secretary of Health, Education and Social Services Flavia Lunyolo said
that part of the money noted that was disbursed to the city is yet to be spent.
He said that a detailed accountability report is being prepared and will soon
be tabled in council.
The Deputy Town Clerk, Keneth Khatuli Woniaye said that the councillors should
wait for the report before they debate the matter.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.