Ibrahim Kabugo, who is accused of inciting his colleagues to boycott the budget meeting, has denied the claims. Kabugo says they presented their grievances of the District Executive and Chief Administrative Officer but they didnt listen.
Some of the councilors during the council sitting in Masaka which was boycotted by a section of them
There was drama at the Masaka district headquarters on Tuesday during a council meeting convened to approve the 2017/2018 financial year budget.
Trouble started after some of the councilors showed up by declined to enter the meeting until the Chief Administrative Officer, William Kanyesige commits to provide them with the Easter package.
The affected councilors included among others Ibrahim Kabugo, Sarah Namyaaro, Richard Kimera and Martin Mukulalinda. The Chief Administrative Officer, William Kanyesige pleaded with the councilors to enter the meeting hall in vain.
He explained to the councilors that they can release any money because of the ongoing upgrade of the Integrated Financial Management System at the Finance Ministry. His explanation fell on deaf ears prompting the Speaker Masaka District, Achilles Mawanda to proceed with the remaining councilors.
According to Mawanda, they managed to get quorum and approved budget estimates of Shillings 18 billion despite the fact that some of the councilors decided to boycott the meeting. Mawanda notes that they had to approve the budget estimates before the end of this month as provided for in the new government guidelines.
He explains that those that boycotted the council were not many and couldn't frustrate the budgeting process. Charles Zziwa, the Finance Secretary Masaka District, says they had already discussed the budget estimates in committees and only needed council approval.
According to Zziwa, 98 percent of the budget is funded by the Central government, adding that they expect to generate about Shillings 300 million locally.
Ibrahim Kabugo, who is accused of inciting his colleagues to boycott the budget meeting, has denied the claims. Kabugo says they presented their grievances of the District Executive and Chief Administrative Officer but they didn't listen.