Buhweju District Faces Suite Over UGX 36 Million Debt

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He explains that the repairs included the replacement of all faulty parts including the engines.

Adriano Tibamanya, the proprietor of New Expert Garage in Mbarara town is considering suing Buhweju district local government over a debt of 36 million shillings. The money accrued from the repair of three vehicles belonging to Buhweju district. Tibamanya claims that in 2011 he entered an agreement with the district to repair three vehicles that include a landrover, Hillux and mitsubish. He explains that the repairs included the replacement of all faulty parts including the engines. Tibamanya says that after repairing the three vehicles he handed them over to the district, but he was not paid. He says that Judith Mutabazi, the then Chief Administrative Officer gave him a cheque worth 6.8 million shillings as partial payment but it was bounced by the bank because the name of his company was altered.
 
Tibamanya explains that when the cheque was bounced the CAO and district engineer Dick Twinamasiko signed another agreement promising to pay him by the end of 2011, but nothing has been done to date. Through Obed and Company Advocates, Tibamanya has written to the district a notice of intention to sue unless he is paid his money. The accumulated debt has sparked off a controversy between Buhweju district councilors and the executive. On Friday, the councilors refused to approve the payment of the debt which was tabled by Sebastian Kerere, the Buhweju district LC 5 chairman before the council.
Led by Deo Atuhaire, the representative of Burere Sub County accused Tibamanya of conniving with Dick Twinamasiko, the district engineer and Kerere to inflate the figure to defraud the council.

David Mutesisira, the chairperson of the district works committee complicated the situation when he said that his committee has never sanctione the repair of any district vehicle. He also claimed that the all the vehicles that Tibamanya claims to have repaired have been grounded at Nsiika district headquarters yard. Following the disagreement, the councilors have now resolved to summon the mechanic to appear before the council and defend the debt. They also directed Willy Bataringaya, the new chief administrative officer to institute a probe team to travel to the garage and ascertain the truth. Bataringaya says that according to the records at the district they owe expert new garage shillings 6.5 million, adding that he had already written to the solicitor general for advice over the matter.