Mbarara municipality is in a rush to spend more than 500 million shillings before the 2012/2013 financial year comes to an end. Failure to spend the money would mean returning it to the central treasury.
Paul Omoko, the town clerk Mbarara Municipality says that money will be spent on tarmacking asection of Ntare- Kiyanja road in Kamukuzi division and reconstructing Buremba and col. Ndahendekire roads in Kakoba division.
Without explaining why they delayed to utilize the said funds on time, Omoko noted that they are doing all it takes to avoid returning back the money to the treasury.
Council is also expecting to receive 250m more under the fourth quarter’s late releases from central Government. Omoko says the money will be used to implement some pending projects like the construction of pit latrines in a number of schools.
He explains that the contracts committee has already sat to select a competent contract to undertake the construction the latrines before the end of June. Musa Muwonge, a regular user of Ntare road is worried that the council may execute a substandard job because of the rush.
Muwonge notes that huge sums of money have been earmarked for the road network in the municipality but Ntare- Kiyanja road remain in sorry state.
Zainabu Kyosimire, another resident of Mbarara municipality disagrees with the decision of the authorities to spend funds at the last minute saying they up wasting public resources through shoddy work.
The Mbarara municipal council technical team has on several occasions been under fire from councilors for failing to implement council resolutions on time. In may 2013 councilors led by the speaker Muzamir Sekajja overwhelmingly resolved to suspend council sessions until all pending council resolutions are implemented.