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Rakai LC V chairman sets Up probe to Investigate Source of 800 Million shillings Debt :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Rakai LC V chairman sets Up probe to Investigate Source of 800 Million shillings Debt

Rakai District service delivery is crippled over lack of funds. Over 800million allegedly paid to debts under probe.

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Robert Benon Mugabi, the new Rakai LC V chairman has set up a committee to investigate how shillings 800 million was paid out to debtors leaving the district treasury empty.

 

 

It stems from a report by James Nkata, Chief administrative officer indicating that the district is heavily indebted. Nkata says that the district is unable to meet its obligations to convene council sessions and deliver services because of lack of funds.

He explains that when he took over office last year he found the district coffers almost empty saying that shillings 200 million had been diverted to upgrade UPE schools.

He says that as a result all district activities have stalled.

 

 

Nkata says that he is worried that court brokers have already threatened to attach all district vehicles over outstanding debts. Mugabi, who took oath early this week, says that the probe committee seeks to establish how shillings 800 million was spent.

He says that they are investigating the role of Vincent Ssekamula, the outgoing Rakai LC5 chairman in the mismanagement of the funds that has crippled all district activities.

 

 

Mugabi says that he wants the probe to look into reports that the debts were forged by Ssemakula and the late Edward Galabuzi, the former District education officer.

 

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But Vincent Ssemakula, the outgoing Rakai LC5 chairman says the district has been in financial crisis since last financial year. Ssemakula says all the expenditures as compiled by the late CAO were handed over to Nkata.

 Ssemakula insists that if the government doesn’t stop cutting the district budgets, many services will not be provided.  He gives an example of about 10 schools and several roads in the district which were not constructed due to a 200million budget cut.

 

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Last year, Raphael Baku, the Inspector general of government ordered the interdiction of Galabuzi over alleged embezzlement of over 200millions shillings meant for constructing boreholes amongst other projects.

 

 

 

Galabuzi passed away shortly after his interdiction. Paul Ssekyewa, the Rakai district Speaker recently said he would not the district council due to lack of funds to pay councilors allowances.

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