Samuel Ahabwe, the Municipal Town Clerk says that funds were secured from another source which he did not reveal.
According to Ahabwe, each councilor received a total of shillings 525,000 for the five quarters that were not paid.
A section of the disgruntled local councilors on Monday evening during the Camp fire at the Municipal offices
75 Lira municipal councillors have received their Ex Gratia.
The councillors from the four Divisions of Adyel, Ojwina, Central
and Railways have in the last two weeks been protesting non-payment of their Ex
Gratia for more than five quarters.
The money amounting to 39 million shillings was sent to Lira
Municipality account during 2017/2018 and 2018 and 2019 financial years
respectively but was not released to the beneficiaries.
Following their continued protests, Lira Municipality authority on
Tuesday released the money and paid all the councillors.
Samuel Ahabwe, the Municipal Town Clerk says that funds were secured
from another source which he did not reveal.
According to Ahabwe, each councillor was paid 525,000 shillings
for the past five quarters.
Jonal Okot, a local councillor from Ojwina Division confirmed
receiving all their pending pay from the Municipality.
He, however, insisted that police should investigate the circumstances
under which the money went missing.
Norah Akidi, a councillor from Central Division says they were
paid as a result of their continued protest.
Akidi suspects the money could have been mismanaged by the municipal
On Monday evening, the councillors staged a campfire in front of
the Municipal hall protesting what they termed as rampant theft of public funds
by the officials.
Police at Lira CPS on Monday interrogated Municipal Mayor, Mike Ogwang
Olwa in connection to the alleged mismanagement of the money.
George Obia, the Lira District Police Commander says they are yet
to extract statements from various key officials at Lira Municipal including
the Town Clerk, Samuel Ahabwe among others.
President, Yoweri Museveni directed the Finance, Planning and Economic
Development Ministry to pay the parish councillors Ex Gratia following
complaints of the meagre sitting allowances and lack of funds to execute their