The power struggles between the Bombo town council chairperson and acting town clerk has taken a new twist, with the LC 3 chairperson suspending any transactions on the council accounts. Aisha Ndagire, the LC 3 chairperson Bombo town council has written to the manager Stanbic Bank in Luweero town council halting any transaction on all the eight town council accounts. URN has obtained a copy of the December 20th letter, which is also copied to the Christopher Kyomya, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer amongst other district officials.
Ndagire orders the bank manager to halt all transactions on the town council accounts until the confusion surrounding the management of town council finances is settled. Although URN has not yet established how much money is on the council accounts, this year Bombo town council approved a budget of 754 million shillings. Ndagire told URN that she decided to freeze the town council accounts after Lydia Nabaasa, the acting town clerk acted in breach of the local government finance and accounting regulation 2007 and local government act 2010.
She says that according to the local government finance and accounting regulation 2007 all the works undertaken by the town council should be approved by the council and reviewed by executive each month, something that has not been happening. According to Ndagire, she sent six letters inviting the town clerk to table the monthly progress reports on various projects before the executive in vain. She says that failure to convene the executive has affected her and the council’s supervisory role, which are provided for under regulation 7(a) of the local government finance and accounting regulation 2007 to oversee the expenditures and regulate finances.
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Henry Makanga, the LC 3 councilor for Namaliga parish says that apart from snubbing the executive committee meetings, the acting town clerk also refused to implement an amended budget for financial year 2012/13. He also accuses the town clerk of failing to append her signature on the budget which may compel the central government not to release funds to the council.
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James Nagenda, a resident in Bombo town council accusing the town clerk of disrespecting the executive to fail the leadership of Ndagire. Nagenda asks the local government ministry to intervene and resolve the wrangles before the situation gets out of control. URN was unable to speak to the manager to the manager of Stanbic bank about the directive. However, Christopher Kyomya, the Luweero Town clerk and Lydia Nabaasa, the embattled town clerk have dismissed the attempts to freeze the town council accounts as unlawful.
Both officials say that the LC 3 chairperson does not have any authority to halt the transactions on the accounts, adding that her directive can’t be implemented by the bank. Nabaasa described the accusations against her as baseless and false. Ndagire and Nabaasa have been involved in a power struggle over the last two years. In December 2012, Luweero district authorities and residents petitioned the Local government ministry to intervene in the ongoing power struggles, saying it is affecting service delivery. The local government ministry is yet to respond to the petition.