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Missing Funds Force Fort Portal Councilors to Suspend Work

The councilors decision followed a submission by Joel Kaija, the chairperson of the Works Committee, indicating that a sum of 1 billion Shillings that was given to the municipality by the Uganda Road Fund in the financial year 2017-2018 remains unaccounted for.
15 Sep 2018 16:54

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Fort Portal municipality councilors have halted debate for all reports submitted by the municipal working committees over missing funds.

The councilor's decision followed a submission by Joel Kaija, the chairperson of the Works Committee, indicating that a sum of 1 billion Shillings that was given to the municipality by the Uganda Road Fund in the financial year 2017-2018 remains unaccounted for.

Kaija accused the office of the Town Clerk of frustrating committee efforts to probe Road Fund Expenses adding that the projects, for which the money was allocated, are still in a sorry state. He cited Kibogo road that is still under construction and roads within Fort Portal town that still have potholes.

 

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Eunice Habomugisha, a member of the Finance Committee also indicated that her committee has not received accountability for the revenue collected from tenders over the past three months and that efforts to get an explanation from the Town Clerk were futile because all correspondences generated no response.

Habomugisha added that as a result, she could not inform the council about how much was collected in those months and how it was used.

 

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The councilors resolved to reject the reports and tasked the Town Clerk Deo Ndimo to release all the information about the said funds to the responsible committees within a week, to enable them to discuss the performance of the district, from an informed point of view.

Gilbert Kayondo, the Municipal Council Speaker said that the matter will be handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department if Ndimo fails to produce the accountability within the required time.

But Ndimo said he is equally pursuing department heads to account for the money.

 

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