RUKUNGIRI – Rukungiri municipal councilors are up in arms with the town clerk Theophilus Tibihika over the missing UGX 12.2 million from the sale of old municipal equipment 2 years ago.
The councilors’ concern came up after the town clerk failed to convince the council on how the said money was spent.
Led by Hon. Bernard Turyahabwe the Kigaga Ward councilor, the councilors were concerned that their resolution to sell off old municipal equipment in the 2017/2018 financial year was to raise money to facilitate the construction of an office and council hall block.
The councilors now accuse the town clerk Mr. Tibihika for not taking their legislations serious.
“The council passed a resolution that the money from the sale of these equipments was to facilitate the construction of a multipurpose council but up to now, two years after the sell, nothing has been done.” Mr. Turyahabwe said.
Emily Turyabagyenyi, the councilor representing people with disabilities said that it’s quite absurd that since the sale, not even a brick has ever surfaced at the proposed site where the structures were supposed to be elected.
Turyabagyenyi now says that they will stand to fight for the implementation of their legislation until the town clerk proves value for money for the purposes of developing the municipality.
“Time is now to show the accountability of our legislations. If the money was directed at fulfilling a certain activity how comes such a long time has gone by without any implementation? Mr. Turyabagyenyi said.
However in defense about the matter, Theophilus Tibihika, the Rukungiri municipality town clerk told the council that he hasn’t spent any money. Tibihika says that he is only waiting for councilors to confirm to him their final resolution and grant him permission to start using the money.
The town clerk added that if the council gives a final resolution, construction works are likely to commence commerce early next year in fulfillment of their legislation.
“The said money is still on the municipal council’s bank account only that the councilors didn’t finalize what the money in question should be used for” Mr. Tibihika noted.
Rukungiri municipal council now holds the council sessions in Christ the King parish Rukungiri due to limited own space.
Our reporter couldn’t independently verify the numbers sold, however the councilors say 3 tractors, 4 motorcycles and scrap, which were no longer of use to the daily running of the municipality activities, were sold off.