Amanya accuses the mayor Mugasa of conniving with the town clerk to hide the financial report from council members. Amanya argues that as a political head, the mayor is supposed to supervise the town clerk and would have compelled him to give the financial report which she did not do.
Hoima municipal council speaker Paul Amanya has dragged the Mayor and Town clerk to the Inspectorate of government.
In a complaint filed to the Inspectorate of government Midwestern region on August 6, speaker Amanya accuses Mayor Grace Mary Mugasa and Town clerk Pius Epaju of what he terms as abuse of office and undermining his powers.
In his six page complaint Amanya says as the accounting officer town clerk Epaju has for the last two consecutive council meetings failed to present a comprehensive financial report for the last financial year despite a demand from councilors.
Hoima municipal councillors even blocked the approval of the 25 percent vote on account to compel the town clerk to present the financial report in vain.
Amanya meanwhile accuses the mayor Mugasa of conniving with the town clerk to hide the financial report from council members. Amanya argues that as a political head, the mayor is supposed to supervise the town clerk and would have compelled him to give the financial report which she did not do.
He claims that this is a clear indication that the two officials are conniving to hide some financial anomalies which he wants the Inspectorate of government to investigate.
Two weeks ago the Mayor convinced some councillors to finally pass the vote on account without the financial report being presented. This was during a meeting chaired by the deputy speaker Florence Asaba. Speaker Amanya has since disregarded the meeting saying it was illegal since he did not call it and accused the mayor of usurping his powers.
According to Amanya sections 2, 24 and 26 of the local government act only mandates the speaker to convene council meetings.
A comment from the Midwestern regional inspectorate office could not readily be got. But Mayor Mugasa says she is ready for the investigation since she has done no wrong.
On claims that the town clerk failed to present a financial report to council, Mugasa says the document was submitted to the executive and is still under scrutiny before its read out to council.
Town clerk Pius Epaju declined to comment on the matter when contacted.