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Lyantonde councillors want chairperson, town clerk dismissed

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By Samson Igga

Posted  Tuesday, December 31  2013 at  02:00

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The two are accused of selling a plot of land belonging to the council.

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LYANTONDE

Councillors of Lyantonde Town Council are angry with their chairperson, Mr Eriya Ssewandigi, and the Town Clerk, Mr Martin Rogers Ssentongo, over claims that the two illegally sold a plot of land belonging to the council and mismanaged the money.

It is alleged that the two sold a plot behind Kaliiro B Council offices without the council’s approval and have never provided accountability for the money they received.
The councillors claim the plot of land was reserved for the construction of a commercial building to generate income for the council.

It is further alleged that the two wanted to convince the council to approve the expenditure of Shs13 million for maintenance of a three-kilometer-road yet the town council had all the machinery and the equipment to do the work.

The councillors are further concerned that Mr Ssentongo has continued to live in Masaka Town from where he commutes every morning instead of living in Lyantonde Town where they claim his official accommodation is catered for.

During a meeting chaired by Mr Paul Bbosa last Friday the councillors led by Mr Ladi Kamarumba gave Mr Ssentongo and Mr Ssewandigi two weeks to provide a convincing explanation to the council on the two issues or they censure the chairperson Mr Ssewandagi.

They also said they would ask the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Giles Kahika, to take disciplinary action against the Town Clerk. Both Ssentongo and Ssewandagi did not attend the meeting and have refused to say anything to the Daily Monitor apart from Mr Ssentongo only mentioning that he was briefly on leave.

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