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Two Hotels Asked To Refund Chogm Money

Two hotels that received money from government for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), have been asked to return the money amounting to four billion shillings.
Two hotels that received money from government for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), have been asked to return the money amounting to four billion shillings.

Serena International Conference Centre owes government 1.8 billion shillings while J&M Hotel in Bwebajja along Entebbe road, is to return 2.2 billion shillings. The hotels were expected to host delegates for the November 2007 event.

IGG Raphael Baku revealed to the Committee on Legal Affairs today that during their investigations, they found out that the monies appeared to be a grant from government but proprietors have since been asked to refund it.

Baku says the Ministry of Finance has already approached the two hotel owners and drawn up a memorandum of understanding for repayment. For J&M hotel, there is an agreement from the widow of the original owner, who has drawn up a repayment plan. The hotel originally belonged to Joseph Behakanira, a prominent businessman who died in February 2010.

But MPs Wilfred Niwagaba for Ndorwa East and Abdu Katutntu for Bugweri say an MOU is not enough commitment for government. They say that such a document is not legally binding, noting that government may lose such money in the event that the owners refuse to pay.

Stephen Tashobya, the committee chairperson promised to make a follow up on the matter.

Parliament through a supplementary budget sent one billion shillings to the IGG to investigate the mismanagement of more than 500 billion shillings in the run up to the 2007 CHOGM.

Baku is however quick to say that investigations are still going on and a comprehensive report on shall be made soon.

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