However, the Jinja LC 5 chairperson, Titus Kisambira, says the works have stalled due to lack of funds. "We cost the construction works at an estimated fee of Shillings 4.3 billion. We are currently stranded due to lack of funds,” he said.
Structural designs of the proposed Jinja district headquarters, file photo.
officials have resolved to sell some dilapidated government buildings to raise
money to finance the construction of their new headquarters.
In 2015, the then
Jinja district councilors resolved to selloff plot 1 on Busoga road at
Shillings 2.5 billion to finance the construction of their headquarters the following
councilors later realised that the money was insufficient to finance the
They unanimously agreed to fix the money on a fixed deposit
account in Crane bank to accrue interest to cover the funding gap.
However, the LC 5
chairperson, Titus Kisambira, says the works have stalled due to lack of funds.
“We cost the construction works at an estimated fee of Shillings 4.3 billion. We
are currently stranded due to lack of funds,” he said.
He says they have
resolved to sell off of the dilapidated government properties to raise
Shillings 1.8 billion.
“There is no cause for alarm. What we are selling off is
a dilapidated structure, which is not fit for human habitation. It is just fair
that we let it go and acquire funds to construct better structures,” he argued.
Adding that, “the
money we received last year was spent on purchase of construction materials and
payment of casual laborers.”
However, the Jinja District Speaker, Michael
Nyende says the item approving the sale of the said property was smuggled on
the order paper without his knowledge.
“It is true that, some
councilors and scores of people from the public are against this decision. Truth
be told, it was smuggled on the order paper by members of the executive,” he
David Isabirye, the representative of Bugembe town council wants the Executive
to provide clear accountability for the Shillings 2.5 billion before fronting
proposals for more funding.