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Gulu City Councilors Accuse Town Clerk for Blocking their UGX 209m Loan

Jimmy Oyoo, the Speaker of Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City says the council agreed that the councilors would borrow and the Division would deduct 135,000 shillings from each councilor’s allowance of 280,000 shillings monthly for between 28 to 54 months.
Jimmy Oyoo, the Pece -Laroo Division Speaker speaking to journalists from the Division Headquarters -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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Councilors of Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City have accused the Division Town Clerk for hampering their move to get loans to help them meet their personal needs.

The 41 councilors applied for loans amounting to 209,550,000 shillings from United Bank Africa –UBA. The loans range from 3.1 to 6 million shillings per councilor.

They started applying for the loans two months ago but to date but have not yet received, anything, something they blame on the Town Clerk who they say declined to sign the deed of undertaking.

Jimmy Oyoo, the Speaker of Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City says the council agreed that the councilors would borrow the money and the Division would deduct 135,000 shillings from each councilor’s allowance of 280,000 shillings monthly for between 28 to 54 months.

According to Oyoo, the Town Clerk declined to sign the deed of undertaking that would enable the bank to give the loans to the councilors, something he said caused an uproar among the councilors.

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Oyoo says the councilors felt disrespected after the Town Clerk declined to sign the deed of undertaking and yet the loans would help them boost their businesses and other activities since council work is not a full time job.

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Vanessa Anyango, the Pece –Laroo Division Female Youth Councilor who applied for a loan of 5.2 million shillings says she needed to loan to help her be able to extend a helping hands to some of her voters who are needy but since the time she applied for it to date, she has not yet received it. She accused the Town Clerk for denying them the opportunity to get the loans.

Denise Ocaya, the Pece –Laroo Division Councilor representing Agonga Ward, says he applied for a loan of 4.2 million shillings but is stuck despite the fact that he completed filling all the required forms only waiting for the Town Clerk’s signature.

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On Friday, the aggrieved Division Councilors marched to the Division Headquarters located in Laourline Parish in Gulu City to close the office of the Town Clerk. The situation was swiftly calmed by the Gulu Resident City Commissioner Denise Odongpiny, his Deputy Francis Okello Odoki Rwotlonyo and the Gulu City Mayor Alfred Okwonga who pleaded with the Councilors for patience as their complain is handled.

Gilbert Oloya, the Pece –Laroo Division Town Clerk revealed that he declined to append his signatures to enable the Councilors guarantee the loans because one of the clauses in the agreement between United Bank of Africa and the Division was not favorable.

In the clause, Oloya says the Bank wanted the Division to be remitting the 135,000 shillings from every councilor’s allowance to the Bank by the 30th of every month, something he said was not possible since the remittance would depend on the money present in the Division’s operations account.

Oloya however told URN that after negotiation with the bank’s management, they came into an understanding and that the councilors would start receiving their loans soon.

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