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Arua Municipality Mayor Ordered to Refund UGX 9m

According to sources, after an exposure trip to Turkey for Mayors in November, Kato claimed for extra 9 million shillings on return, which was paid by the Head of the Finance department, Khamil Erejo.
Copy of the Town Clerk's Letter to Arua Municipal Mayor seeking refund of the Money.
The Mayor Arua Municipality Isa Kato has been ordered to refund 9 million shillings he reportedly received as additional allowance after travelling to Turkey.

In a letter dated March 1st 2019 to the Mayor, the Arua Municipal Town Clerk Christopher Daniel Kaweesi said the order to refund the money accrues from an audit report by the Auditor General.

According to sources, after an exposure trip to Turkey for Mayors in November, Kato claimed for extra 9 million shillings on return, which was paid by the Head of the Finance department, Khamil Erejo.

Erejo was early this year arrested by the State House Anti-Corruption Team and is now under interdiction.  

Kato had initially been given 6.8 million shillings for the Turkey trip. 

“You are requested to refund the stated amount (UGX 9,657,900) within 3 months from the date of reception of this letter,” reads the letter in part. 

In November, Kato was also requested to refund more than 1 million following a report from the Internal Audit. The money had been paid to him for supervision of the stalled Mango road.  

According to the report, the Mayor and his secretaries were supposed to receive 11,000 shillings to supervise the road works but he was paid 1 million shillings.

But Kato has declined to refund the money, claiming he demands over 11 million shillings unpaid salary and allowances for official duties for more than three months by the Council. 

 “Which Monies are you talking about when the Municipal Council owes me over 11 million shillings, instead I’m demanding them to pay me,” said Kato.                    

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