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Lyantonde Councillors Petition Anti Corruption Unit over Missing UGX 47M

According to the petitioners, the alleged misappropriation of funds by the town council officials were meant for construction of some key district roads and other social services.

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A group of councillors in Lyantonde district have petitioned the newly instituted Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate alleged misappropriation of 47 million shillings. 

 

Last year President Museveni launched the Anti-Corruption Unit that will work with other agencies in the fight against corruption. The unit is headed by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema.

According to the petitioners, the alleged misappropriation of funds by the town council officials were meant for construction of some key district roads and other social services.

Councillors led by the Kkooki D ward representative Ali Bongo, argue that the council passed a budget estimated at 85 Million Shillings and part of it was to work on social services such as constructing murrum roads and opening up of new roads among others.

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Councillors, however, say that the road works have never been implemented and the funds meant for the works has never been accounted for.

Angella Namukasa another councillor says that they need the unit to investigate the Lyantonde town council Chief Finance Officer, Kasiggala Hassan.

She says that the town council is facing challenges of poor state of roads but it's annoying that money has never been put to its intended use.

John Katakanya a member of Lyantonde District Public Accounts committee says that (PAC) they were surprised to find out 47 million shillings was missing. 

He says that they have summoned Kasiggala to appear before the committee to give explanation about the missing funds.

However, Lyantonde District Deputy town clerk Juliet Arinitwe says that the money that was projected in the 2017/2018 financial year budget was not collected as anticipated.

She says that the town experienced a reduction in local revenue collection following the President's directive to stop charging taxi operators and traders.