Erias Byamungu, the Hoima Chief Administrative Officer-CAO explains that he has received a communication from the local government Minister summoning the councillors and executive to appear before him on Wednesday.
Sylivia Nalumaga, the Hoima City Deputy Mayor says that they have earmarked Shillings 700 million under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID program to fix all the anomalies at the garbage recycling plant so that it can become operational.
Hoima district has 32 councillors who earn 350,000 Shillings as allowance per sitting. Now the group says that they are demanding allowances for the last three months, and is threatening to shun all council meetings until the arrears are cleared.
Magyezi was presiding over the inauguration of Hoima City on Thursday. Hoima, a strategic oil city, is one of the three cities that were fast-tracked by Parliament to start operations this financial year. The others are Soroti and Lira, whose elevation was initially set for July 2021.
This is the first time that the elderly persons in Hoima are enrolled to benefit from the program since its inception 10 years ago. In its pilot, the government extended support to persons aged above 65 in selected districts, except for Karamoja where the bar was lowered to persons aged 60.
The district had budgeted for 602 million Shillings as road fund but only received 415 million Shillings from the central government. But before they could secure the balance, the government informed them that there will be no more road fund releases for the fourth quarter due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The construction works that started in 2001 using force on account funding is costing the Town Council Authorities shillings 400 million. However, the construction works have still stalled due to lack of funds.
Recently the Municipal authorities demanded that the district hands over the title, to pave way for the construction of a 6.5 billion Shillings mini-stadium funded under phase three of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program.
It is alleged that Mutyaba, together with colleagues still at large, disguised as passengers and hired Ronald Atugonza, a bodaboda rider to take them to Miika Hotel along the Hoima-Butiaba-Wanseko road, on Thursday night.
Hoima Municipal Mayor Mary Grace Mugasa accused the district leadership of frustrating the project, well knowing that possession of the land title is a precondition by the World Bank, before the implementation of the Project, which is funded under phase three of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure (USMID) program.
The iron sheets were distributed to the sub-counties of Bombo, Kijongo, Kapapi, Kiganja, Kisukuma and Kyabisagazi in Kigorobya county as well as Buraru and Kabale sub-counties in Bugahya county. Each sub county received 50 iron sheets.