A dispute between Lira Municipal Council authority and the town
Clerk, Samuel Ahabwe is threatening the implementation of the Uganda
Support to Municipality Infrastructural Development-USMID.
Last week, Lira municipality councillors asked the Local Government Ministry to
transfer Ahabwe accusing him of failing to implement council resolutions.
They cited failure to evict vendors from various streets and failing
to stop Saving Grace Limited from managing Coronation Park, a public open space.
Now, the Lira Municipal Development Forum-MDF, a public body set by the
Ministry of Lands and Urban Development to oversee the implementation of USMID
Programs in all the benefiting Municipalities, has petitioned Lango
Parliamentary Group to intervene and resolve the crisis.
Patrick Ogwang, the MDF Chairperson, says that the USMID project is directly
threatened by both the dispute and the court case filed by Saving Grace Limited
at the Lira High Court.
“Lira Municipal has received additional funding of 12b shillings and part
of this money should be used for building more structures at Coronation Park
but this cannot be implemented due to the dispute and the current court case
filed by the Saving Grace Limited,” Ogwang said.
James Omara Elem, an anti-corruption activist in Lira town faulted
the Municipal leadership of failing to resolve on the feud.
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Paul Amoru Omiat, the Vice-Chairperson of Lango Parliamentary
Group says both Lira Municipal council and the Management of Saving Grace Limited
must resolve on the dispute to pave way for the implementation of the project.
Award of the contract to manage Coronation Park to Saving Grace
Ltd has since been challenged by the local councillors who accused Lira
Municipal authority of flouting procurement policies, a move that saw former
town clerk Assy Abireebe, deputy clerk, Patrick Ogweng and Mayor Ogwang Olwa
arrested and currently undergoing trial at the Anti-Corruption Court.
Some of the approved USMID projects in Lira Municipality and are
due for implementation include upgrade of Coronation Park, tarmacking of
Obangakene, Noteber, Boundary and Olwol roads.