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Councilors, Sub-county Chief Clash Over UGX 35M COVID-19 Cash

The sub-county speaker, Ronald Augustine Musoke, says that several COVID-19 activities in different areas are at standstill due to lack of facilitation because of the misappropriation of the funds.

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Lwankoni sub-county councilors and sub-county chiefs in the Kyotera district are bickering over Shillings 35 million released by the Ministry of Health last month to fight Coronavirus Disease. 

The health ministry is said to have disbursed the money in the second week of June 2021. 

Councilors claim that the sub-county chief, Harriet Nabbala secretly appropriated it without the involvement of the council. Despite this, the speaker, Ronald Augustine Musoke, says that several COVID-19 activities in different areas are at standstill due to lack of facilitation.

He explains that Lwankoni is among the sub-counties in the district with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, adding that the infection may surge due to misappropriation of the said funds.

He says that there is proof showing how the money was spent because the local council COVID-19 Committees including Village Health Teams, have denied receiving facilitation to buy protective gears and monitor patients under the home-based case.

 

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Cue out:………………….era bagenda kubasakiraki?”//

 

Joseph Muwawu, the representative of the Elderly, says that they did not know that the government had sent the said amount of money to help the sub-county because Nabbala chose to remain silent.

Muwawu noted that several elderly residents in Lwankoni are prone to contracting the virus because of the mismanagement of COVID-19 preventive activities.

He says that they have learnt about some shady groups and committees being formed by Nabbala to conduct activities without council notification.

 

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Cue out:………………kwekumalawo abantu baffe”//

 

Grace Nakayinga, the representative of Kibutamo Parish has called for a probe into how the funds were spent since the sub-county chief was not transparent.  She explains that a crisis meeting has been called to chat the way forward.  

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Nabbala has denied the accusations saying no money was misappropriated as the councillors allege. She explains that she has never been approached by the council about the money.

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Cue out:…………………………..okuteesako zezino nazino,”//

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