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Fort Portal Municipal Councillors Boycott Council Sessions

According to the Assistant Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipal Council, John Bosco Rusoke, without an approved budget, it means that council won’t have mandate to receive or pay any money with effect from July 1, 2019. He also says that they won’t be allowed to collect any revenue.
02 Apr 2019 10:50
Over 50 per cent of Fort Portal councillors have boycotted three consecutive council meetings, causing the council business to come to a stand still.

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Fort Portal Municipal Council have boycotted three consecutive council sessions.

The council sittings that were scheduled for March 1, March 29 and April 1, all failed to take place because of lack of quorum. 

The boycott follows a disagreement between 15 of the 26 councillors and the speaker, Gilbert Kayondo. 

Last month, March 21, a section of councillors endorsed a motion seeking to impeach Kayondo.  The motion was moved by Joseph Musirikale, the Nyabukara ward councillor, and seconded by male youth councillor Kenneth Kaliba.

They accused Kayondo of misconduct, abuse of office, and incompetence. They argued that the speaker had failed to act with dignity, insulting them on radios and inciting the public against them.     

Consequently, they wanted the Mayor Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga to allow them present their motion in council for a resolution to impeach Kayondo. However, according to Muhanga, the representative of the Solicitor General, Isaac Singura, advised him not to allow the motion because he termed it illegal over a number of reasons. 

For instance, Singura noted that whereas section 11 of the Local Government Act mandates the councillors to remove the speaker, the same Act demands that before the motion is sent to the mayor, the mayor must be notified that such a motion is going to be sent to him or her, a procedure that wasn’t followed. 

However, the opinion of the Solicitor General has since put council business to a halt. For instance, the councillors were supposed to discuss a number of reports by the different standing committees, and also make a resolution to the creation of Fort Portal Tourism City.

On Friday, the councillors were supposed to receive the municipal council budget for the next financial year, but there was no quorum. This forced the speaker to adjourn council to April 1.

However, on Monday, the council session could not be held because only 12 councillors turned up instead of at least 13.

According to the Assistant Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipal Council, John Bosco Rusoke, without an approved budget, the council will not have mandate to receive or pay any money with effect from July 1, 2019. He also says that they won’t be allowed to collect any revenue. 

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Muhanga condemned the act of the councillors, saying they are enemies of development.

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Cue out… eza abantu batukomiire.”//

Kayondo says that he is open to any discussions with the discontented councillors.

Rusoke says that he will write to the Solicitor General for legal advice.

According to the Local Government Act, Third Schedule (3) a councillor’s seat can only be declared vacant if that councillor fails to turn up for four consecutive sittings without a reason.