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Lira Municipal Councillors Get Ex Gratia

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 officials.

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 monitoring roles.    

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