Kitgum Municipal Council officials have recovered government assets
from the former Municipal Council Mayor Livingst Walter Tooroma.
The assets comprising a table for the office of the Mayor, four executive
chairs for the council, and a motorcycle registration UG 1096Y belonging to the
youth council were recovered on Monday.
Torooma who lost the January Mayoral elections handed over office on April 19
However, it's alleged that none of the recovered assets was reflected in his
Richard Okwera Ojara, Kitgum Municipal Council Mayor says that the recovery of
the assets was prompted by complaints from the youth council members.
Ojara says the motorcycle had been donated by the Central Government to the
Youth Council some two and half years ago but his predecessor instead turned it
for personal use.
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He notes that the recovered motorcycle, still in good running condition was handed
over to the Chairperson Youth Council.
According to Ojara, four of the recovered chairs were allegedly
taken to Toroma’s home in 2019 but were never returned to the council. He says
the recovery process was in good faith since the council has limited furniture.
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But Toromo denied the allegations that he held on to the Municipal council
assets even after handing over the office in an interview with URN on Tuesday.
He says he had already returned all the alleged assets in his possession to the
Municipal Town Clerk by the time he handed over the office.
“The chief custodian of government asset is the Town Clerk, so if anything
was missing and they hadn’t received it, they should have asked the Town Clerk.
Unfortunately, they didn’t ask the Town Clerk, where it was kept after my
handover wasn’t my concern,” He said.
Toroma described the allegations against him as a ploy to politically defame
Efforts to substantiate Toroma’s claims from Kitgum Municipal Council Town
Clerk Emmanuel Banya were futile as his phone number wasn’t available by press