Fort Portal Councillors Petition IGG Over ‘Illegal' Handover Report

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Ndimo handed over office to his successor Godfrey Bamanyisa following his transfer to Ibanda Municipality in January this year.

Fort Portal Municipal councilors have petitioned the Inspectorate of Government-IG over the handover report by Deo Ndimo, the former Town Clerk.

Ndimo handed over office to his successor Godfrey Bamanyisa following his transfer to Ibanda Municipality in January this year.

However, a group of councilors led by Joseph Ndamira Musirikale, the representative of Nyabukara Ward Councilor claim that Ndimo's handover report was incomplete.

They base their argument on provisions in the Public Service Standing Orders Section F-D which stipulates that a handover report should have major policy issues, government properties in the custody of a public officer, specific assignments, those pending, and organization clients the office has been involved with.

For instance, they note that the report doesn't talk about a number of land titles that were under the custody of Ndimo, the account balances, number of staff in the municipality and information about the Youth Livelihood Fund among other things.
"On council business transactions, up to now the whereabouts of the money received from renting of council land in Mwenge (44million) has been kept a myth and all the documents regarding the whole transaction cannot be traced," reads the councilor's petition.
They also accuse the Mayor Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga of lack of good leadership skills when he identified the same issues in the report but went ahead to endorse it on January 26, 2019 on a public holiday.

The petition is signed by 18 out of the 26 municipal councilors. They want the IG, State House Anti-corruption Unit and Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department - OD CID Fort Portal police station to interest themselves in the matter and hold the implicated officers accountable.

Efforts to get a comment from Ndimo have been futile as our repeated calls to his cellphone went without response. However, the Mayor has defended his decision to sign the report even after realizing that it lacked important information, saying in his view, he didn't find it illegal.

He also says that he is ready to appear before anyone to explain his actions. Bosco Rusoke, the Assistant Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipality, says the municipality is in the process of finding all the land tittles from wherever they are so that they can be kept in one place. 


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Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.