There was drama on Friday, 28th February, 2020 when Bushenyi-ishaka municipal councilors closed municipal offices over lack of explanation from town clerk, Mr William Makune on how money for local revenue totaling to 194 million Uganda shillings was spent.
The councilors said the move to close offices was reached after technical officers led by the town clerk, Mr Makune failed to account for the said funds for the financial 2019/20 financial year.
Mr Goodman Tumwebaze, the Secretary for Finance told Countryside Reports that the decision to close municipal offices was reached at during the council sitting, on its second day. The sitting had on Thursday asked the town clerk to record a statement at Bushenyi central police station related to unclear circumstances under which the money was spent.
“The town clerk reportedly received the money in the first quarter, but kept quiet until the third quarter. He could not have stolen it, but we are asking to know why he(town clerk) kept silent on the money, whose distribution remains unclear up to now. Money should have been distributed according to the set guidelines. To us, this did not happen.” said Mr Tumwebaze
He added “That’s why we sent him to go and record a statement at police on Thursday during the council sitting. The sitting was adjourned to Friday, but to our disappointment, no technical officer was in the council by the time we convened and we also decided to close the building since these officers chose to give themselves a leave.”
Mr Tumwebaze assertively noted that the council offices would keep closed until the Minister for Local government, Mr Raphael Magyezi has intervened.
The Bushenyi-ishaka Municipal council speaker, Mr Milton Tweheyo Katsibure justified the closure of offices. He said that the action of the councilors was long overdue because several reports of graft and corruption in Bushenyi-ishaka municipality had been made up to the ministry level, but no response has been received by complainants.
“We are actually tired because we have not received any response despite several reports. We have written to different offices including the permanent secretary, but our efforts have not yielded any fruit,” he said