Gov’t Suspends Road Funds to Kabale Municipality

Uganda Road Fund has suspended funding to Kabale municipality citing misappropriation of 283 million shillings meant for road works.

In a letter addressed to Kabale town clerk, Dr. Michael Odongo, the executive director Uganda Road Fund says funding to the municipality has suspended in accordance with the section 43(2) (a) of the URF act 2008 until the money is refunded to the road maintenance account.

Odongo has given Kabale municipality up to November 17th to refund the money.  However, Augustine Bujara, the town clerk Kabale municipality denies any wrong doing. He blames the mishap on the manual accounting system used by the municipality, which he says is prune to errors.

Mathew Erayo, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner has petitioned the auditor general’s office for a special audit into the Kabale municipality accounts. In addition to the abuse of road funds, he accuses municipality of using funds meant for classrooms to construct the council office block.

He asks the auditor general to investigate the amount of money spent on the construction of the office block, since every money appears to be going towards the project. This is the third time this year Bujara is being accused of abusing his office. In August, Bujara was accused of selling off trees belonging to the Municipal council without approval.

In October, Bujara was accused of conniving with the mayor Dr. Pius Ruhemurana to sell off a plot of land belonging to Kabale Municipality at Makanga Hill.

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