MP, Town Clerk Clash Over Funds For Municipal Council Chambers

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Alex Ruhunda claims that he is in possession of documents to prove that the Ministry of Finance wired the money to Fort Portal municipal council bank account. He however declined to show the documents.

The Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipality and the MP Fort Portal municipality have clashed over funds for the municipal council chambers. Alex Ruhunda accuses the municipal technical staff led by Edward Lwanga, the town clerk of mismanaging 300 million shillings meant for the construction of the council chambers.
 
While commissioning the municipal roads, Ruhunda accused the town clerk of frustrating the development of the municipality.  Ruhunda cited the funds meant for the chambers, which he says were sent by the central government, but were never put to use. Ruhunda repeated the accusations on Better FM radio Station on Tuesday night.
 
Ruhunda claims that he is in possession of documents to prove that the Ministry of Finance wired the money to Fort Portal municipal council bank account. He however declined to show the documents.
 
Ruhunda gave Lwanga an ultimatum of one week to account for the funds or else he will petition the Inspector General of Government (IGG).
 
However in a rebuttal, Edward Lwanga, the Town Clerk Fort Portal accused Ruhunda of seeking cheap popularity.
According to Lwanga, the funds for the council chambers weren’t a separate grant, but under the unconditional grant from the central government. Lwanga says that when the municipality received funds for the first quarter, 50 million shillings was transferred to the council chambers account.
 
According to Lwanga, in the second quarter, the municipality was supposed to receive 132 million shillings, but received only 50 million shillings. He says that the municipality didn’t transfer the funds to the chambers account, since it was inadequate and was to cater for maintenance of manure plant, pay staff welfare, councilors allowances and emoluments of mayor and his deputy.
 
He says that some funds for the third and fourth quarter which are yet to be sent will be transferred to the council chambers account. 
 
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Lwanga says that completion the first phase will start in a month’s time, since the municipality is still reviewing the contract. 
 
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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. However for three years the construction of the chambers stalled
 
The uncompleted structure has been abandoned and is bushy with some of the construction equipment rotting away. The municipal council had set 2015 as the year for completion of the headquarters.
 
Currently, the Municipal Council offices are housed in the dilapidated colonial 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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