Work Stalls on New Fort Portal Municipal Headquarters

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In 2010, Fort Portal Municipal Council embarked on the construction of the chambers located at Boma Hill at a cost of 3.5 billion Shillings. The municipal council had set last year completion date of the headquarters.

The completion of the Fort Portal Municipal Council headquarters has for the second time hit a snag.

In 2010, Fort Portal Municipal Council embarked on the construction of the chambers located at Boma Hill at a cost of 3.5 billion Shillings. The municipal council had set last year completion date of the headquarters. 

However it has once again stalled. When Uganda Radio Network visited the site, the incomplete structure was bushy and some of the construction equipment was vandalised and stolen. 

According to records from the office of the Town Clerk, 1 billion Shillings has so far been spent on the construction of the first phase. 

Paul Omoko, the Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipality says that the municipal council had expected to raise money from donor support and local revenue collections, but it's inadequate.

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Omoko adds that they have written to the Ministry of Finance requesting for funds to complete the headquarters.

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Fort Portal Mayor, Rev. Willy Muhanga, says much as they don't have money, they will not stop pursuing the completion of the complex. He explains that the council is also planning a fundraising drive.

In 2012, the construction was halted for two years after the municipal council terminated the contract of DECON, which had been awarded the tender.

Two years later, construction of the offices resumed after another company Khalsa Construction Company was contracted.

In 2014, Alex Ruhunda, the Fort Portal municipality MP clashed with some municipal council officials over funds for the headquarters. Ruhunda, had accused the technical staff led then by Edward Lwanga for mismanaging 300 million shillings meant for the construction of the council chambers. 

Ruhunda claimed at the time, that he was in possession of documents to prove that Ministry of Finance wired the money to Fort Portal municipal council bank account, but it wasn't utilised. 

Currently, the Municipal Council offices are housed in a dilapidated colonial era building at Boma, which was constructed in 1952.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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