Sunday March 16 2014

Councillors disagree over Shs4m waiver

By Enid Ninsiima

A section of councillors in Kasese District have accused the executive of wasting tax payers’ money, citing irregularities following a motion to waive off debts and advances amounting to at least Shs4 million.

During a council session on Thursday, the secretary for finance and administration, Mr Matayo Bwambale, who tabled the motion, said the Local Government Finance and Accounting Regulations mandate the district executive to recommend to council any unrecoverable debts to be waived off.

The debts are on the district accounts for financial year ending June 30, 2013.
“The district has made every effort to recover the above funds from the affected officers but failed. It was seeking council to write off debts and advances amounting to Shs4.475 million,” he said.

However, councillor Elly Magwalhla Masereka wondered how the names of some central government officials such as late Bernadette Bigirwa, who was a Resident District Commissioner, appeared on the list of the local government’s advance list.

“How do we prove that the names you have presented to us are real? We need evidence to this effect otherwise I am scared that our district is on fire since such things have started to happen,” he said.

Mr Naome Mbambu, the Central and Bulembia Division’s councillor, demanded a clear criteria to recover the funds.

The chairperson for finance committee, Mr Mike Asiimwe Mbakania, claimed some people on the list were defaulters but still working with the district.

But the deputy speaker, Ms Jane Asiimwe Muhindo, passed the motion.

Some councillors have vowed to challenge the resolution, arguing that the council was only mandated to pass resolutions that benefit their communities.