Bickering Delays Kiwoko Town Council Budget Approval

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The LC 3 chairperson for Kiwoko Town Council Suleiman Kabaale says that the general purpose committee and the entire council received the 363 million Shillings budget estimates but declined to approve it citing lack of transparency in past expenditures.

Kiwoko Town Council faces sanctions following its failure to pass budget estimates for the financial year 2015-2016 in line with provisions of the Local Government (amendment) Act, 2010 and Local Government Finance and Accounting regulations (2007).

The laws mandate chairpersons of town councils to prepare, present and seek approval for all revenue estimates and expenditures of the new financial year before the end of the financial year on June 30th.

However, Kiwoko Town Council is yet to pass its budget estimates two weeks into the new financial year. The council last convened in March 2015.

The LC 3 chairperson for Kiwoko Town Council Suleiman Kabaale says that the general purpose committee and the entire council received the 363 million Shillings budget estimates but declined to approve it citing lack of transparency in past expenditures.

Kabaale says that the councilors are challenging the cost of the six acres of land bought last year to house the new town council offices and garbage sites.

The land located in Butikwa village, Kikamulo Sub County and in Central zone Kiwoko, was bought by the office of the Town Clerk Josephine Nabaggala at cost of 45 million Shillings. But the councilors say that the cost was inflated.
 
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Yusuf Lutaaya, the councilor for Kiwoko Central parish says that when they visited the land in question, the technical staff could not show its mark-stones or boundaries raising suspicion on the exact acreage.


Lutaaya adds that the technical staffs have also awarded themselves service delivery contracts yet they do not deliver quality work. He cites the refurbishment of Kiwoko Community Center which he says was  messed up.
 
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Issa Ssekito, the chairperson of General Purpose Committee accuses the Town Clerk of disregarding procedures and approved budget estimates. Ssekito says that although they have been approving a budget to return 25% of local revenues to village councils, the Town Clerk refused to implement the resolution.

Despite the anomaly, residents led by Disan Lwanga backed councilors on the resolve to delay the budget saying they do not see any services delivered.
 
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Flavia Mulerwa, the Kiwoko Town Council Speaker was unreachable to comment on the matter. Town Clerk Josephine Nabaggala declined to comment on the matter.
 

 

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