Although the offices were previously closing at 7 p.m., Our reporter found the officers operating way beyond 10 p.m. One of the lower-level staff who preferred anonymity says that at night, officers keep busy looking into their documents. “The municipality is hot these days,” the staff said.
There is rising tension at
Nansana Municipality headquarters, where the Ministry of Local Government is investigating
the crisis at the administrative unit. Some
members of staff are now working overnight to align their documents before
appearing before the committee.
Although the offices were previously
closing at 7 p.m., Our reporter found the officers operating way beyond 10 p.m.
One of the lower-level staff who preferred
anonymity says that at night, officers keep busy looking into their documents. “The municipality is hot these days,” the
The crisis at Nansana intensified
last week when a group of councillors backed by some technical staff forcefully
evicted the Town Clerk James Ambrose Atwoki from office accusing him of alleged
financial impropriety and maladministration.
The action forced the mayor to close the municipal headquarters.
In the aftermath, the Ministry of
Local Government opened investigations against four departments including
finance, administration, procurement and works. Queries against the works
department are centred on the poor road network and utilization of funds
allocated towards the maintenance of roads.
The finance department is said to
be sniffling on funds meant to be remitted to the division, while the Procurement
office is accused of abusing authority by asking for kickbacks to influence bidding
processes and awarding contracts to companies owned by their colleagues and friends.
However, the senior Procurement
Officer Charles Lukwago, one of those under probe over irregularities in the
procurement processes have snubbed the committee since Wednesday.
Complaints against Lukwago were
fronted by the Municipal Mayor, the area Member of Parliament and division
chairpersons, who faulted him for awarding contracts to companies owned by
the technical staff which at times have failed to deliver services despite being
paid huge sums of money.
“That office has been used to
steal a lot of taxpayers’ money. Some staff form their own companies which
they award contracts against the law,” the municipal Mayor, Regina Bakitte
stated in her complaint to the investigators.
But Lukwago rubbished the
accusations saying that politicians are cooking up stories against him to earn
political capital. He adds that he took more time to align documents for his Defence
before appearing before the probe team.
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Andrew Otim Kibwota, the
Commissioner in Charge of Urban Inspections warned that all staff who intend
to skip the investigations will be dealt with, according to the law.