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Lira Coronation Park wrangle reaches State House

Anti-corruption Unit boss Lt Col Edith Nakalema. Lira Municipal councillors seek the unit’s intervention over gross irregularities surrounding management of social services. (FILE PHOTO)

LIRA – Lira Municipal councillors have petitioned the State House Anti-Corruption Unit over gross irregularities surrounding management of social services.

Some of the critical issues which the councillors want the unit to investigate include the award of the contract to manage Coronation Park to Saving Grace Investment, allocation of revenues collection to some individuals at the Main Market, allocations of plots at the Timber Yard near the current Airfield among others.

The petition dated March 2nd, 2019 and addressed to Lt. Col Edith Nakalema was signed by 16 councillors.

Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners, says that they resolved to petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had failed.

Owani claimed there are numerous illegal acts carried by the Municipality officials allegedly with full knowledge of Town Clerk, Assy Abireebe. Mike Ogwal, the Kakoge parish councillor cited the recent transfers of over 20 million shillings to the bank account of an individual apparently without the approval of the council.

James Mugisha of Lango Central parishes says that Lira Municipal officials have several times flouted Public Procurement guidelines. He cites the recent allocation of contract to manage Coronation Park under USMID in Lira town to a private company, Saving Grace Investment limited for a period of one year renewable.

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