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Nansana Municipal Staff Working Overnight to Beat Probe Pressure

Although the offices were previously closing at 7 p.m., Our reporter found the officers operating way beyond 10 p.m. One of the lower-level staff who preferred anonymity says that at night, officers keep busy looking into their documents. “The municipality is hot these days,” the staff said.
Nansana Municipality Council building.

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There is rising tension at Nansana Municipality headquarters, where the Ministry of Local Government is investigating the crisis at the administrative unit.  Some members of staff are now working overnight to align their documents before appearing before the committee. 

Although the offices were previously closing at 7 p.m., Our reporter found the officers operating way beyond 10 p.m.  One of the lower-level staff who preferred anonymity says that at night, officers keep busy looking into their documents.  “The municipality is hot these days,” the staff said. 

The crisis at Nansana intensified last week when a group of councillors backed by some technical staff forcefully evicted the Town Clerk James Ambrose Atwoki from office accusing him of alleged financial impropriety and maladministration.  The action forced the mayor to close the municipal headquarters.  

In the aftermath, the Ministry of Local Government opened investigations against four departments including finance, administration, procurement and works. Queries against the works department are centred on the poor road network and utilization of funds allocated towards the maintenance of roads.  

The finance department is said to be sniffling on funds meant to be remitted to the division, while the Procurement office is accused of abusing authority by asking for kickbacks to influence bidding processes and awarding contracts to companies owned by their colleagues and friends.

However, the senior Procurement Officer Charles Lukwago, one of those under probe over irregularities in the procurement processes have snubbed the committee since Wednesday.  

Complaints against Lukwago were fronted by the Municipal Mayor, the area Member of Parliament and division chairpersons, who faulted him for awarding contracts to companies owned by the technical staff which at times have failed to deliver services despite being paid huge sums of money.   

“That office has been used to steal a lot of taxpayers’ money. Some staff form their own companies which they award contracts against the law,” the municipal Mayor, Regina Bakitte stated in her complaint to the investigators.  

But Lukwago rubbished the accusations saying that politicians are cooking up stories against him to earn political capital. He adds that he took more time to align documents for his Defence before appearing before the probe team.     

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Andrew Otim Kibwota, the Commissioner in Charge of Urban Inspections warned that all staff who intend to skip the investigations will be dealt with, according to the law.  

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