Lira Municipal Councillors Ordered to Refund Money for Tour

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Assy Abireebe, Lira Municipality town clerk said the four councillors each received 350,000 shillings as allowance, but didn’t travel. He says that they may be forced to recover the money from their emoluments if they failed to comply with the directive.

Four Lira Municipality councillors have been ordered to refund money for failing to travel for a study tour to Mukono municipality.

The councillors include Mike Ogwal of Kakoge parish, Bony Elem of Junior Quarters, James Mugisha of Lango Central Parish and Kenneth Owani of Senior Quarters.


Assy Abireebe, Lira Municipality town clerk said the four councillors each received 350,000 shillings as allowance but didn't travel. He says that they may be forced to recover the money from their emoluments if they failed to comply with the directive.


Geoffrey Ogwal, the Municipal Council speaker said the Clerk to Council, Rebeca Acen has written to the councillors requesting them to refund the money they received.


Mugisha says that they could not participate in the tour because they had been suspended by the speaker. Mugisha insists they received the money before they were suspended.

The four councillors were suspended about two weeks ago after they were accused of causing commotion during the council meeting.


They had accused Ogwal of not selecting them to present their views challenging circumstances under which the contract to manage Coronation Park, an open space was awarded to Saving Grace Investments.  

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.