Tuesday June 3 2014

Kabale chairman under fire over unpaid rent arrears


KABALE- Kabale District council has directed the chairman, Mr Patrick Besigye Keihwa, to pay Shs16 million rent arrears for the house he has been occupying since 2011.

Mr Keihwa has been using the council house in Kabale Town as his residence since 2011 when he assumed office and is supposed to pay Shs450,000 per month as rent.

However, according to the council finance chairman, Mr Benson Ainebyoona, and Mr Julius Barusya, the health committee chairman, Mr Keihwa continues to default on payment without explanation.

Mr Ainebyoona said the district’s target of collecting Shs35 million from rented council houses had been failed by a number of defaulters including the district chairman.

Get out
“If our chairman [Patrick Besigye Keihwa] has failed to pay rent, he should get out immediately. The district houses are a main sources of revenue. He must pay the arrears totaling to more than Shs16 million” Mr Ainebyoona said.

Mr Barusya said: “We reduced the rent for the house from Shs650,000 to Shs450,000, however it is unfortunate that the chairman cannot even pay this amount Shs450,000.”

Recently the district finance committee recommended that the chief administrative officer recover the unpaid arrears from all defaulters or even have them interdicted.

Willing to pay
However, Mr Keihwa said he is ready to pay the accumulated arrears but argued that Shs450,000 per month was on the high end.
“I will pay the monies due but the rent being charged is too much for me. I have written to the minister of Local Government seeking guidance on how I should handle this matter,” Mr Keihwa told the council meeting.