Masaka district councilors are up in arms over delayed payment
of their sitting allowances.
Each councilor is entitled to Shillings 170,000 for each council sitting.
However, the councilors led by Bruno Mugumya, the PWD representative,
say they haven’t received a penny since last year.
The councilors raised their concern during a
council meeting chaired by Masaka District Speaker, Achilles Mawanda on
They accused the district authorities of
disrespecting them by refusing to pay their allowances yet they have obligations
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Resty Namyalo, the Kimanya Kyabakuza Division LC V councilor,
says she is serving a bank loan but can’t fulfill her monthly obligation due to
She is worried that the bank will confiscate her property because
of failure to service the loan within the agreed time.
Namyalo has threatened
to mobilize fellow councilors to stop attending council meetings until their
arrears are cleared.
Ibra Kabugo, the Masaka District Youth
Councilor, says they have severally asked the Chief Administrative Officer to
clear their allowances in vain.
According to Kabugo, they have failed to get a convincing
explanation from the district authorities as to why their allowances haven’t
The Masaka LC V Chairperson, Jude Mbabali told URN that he wasn’t
aware that the councilors haven’t received their allowances, adding that
council resolved that the councilors be paid their allowances.
the Masaka Chief Administrative Officer says plans are underway to secure money
to clear the councilor’s allowances.
He says the district is stuck with the
challenge of low local revenue collection because some of their major sources
of revenue like landing sites were closed by fisheries authorities.