Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district chairman and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Juma Nyende, are in trouble over 100 million shillings meant for the architectural design for Buhinga stadium.
The money now already on the district account came from the central government this financial year.
District councilors Jorum Bintamanya Prosper Businge, Richard Nyakaana and Joseph Mashuhuko are accusing the district chairman of conniving with the CAO to hire a private company to work on the design so that they can embezzle the money.
The councillors disclosed that sports minister Charles Bakabulindi said his ministry had worked on the architectural standard designs for the stadiums of the four districts of Gulu, Mbarara, Mbale and Fort Portal municipality.
They however, reveal that the district chairman and CAO Juma Nyende have insisted on hiring and awarding tender to a company of their choice to work on the architectural design.Bintamanya said that the decision is illegal adding that the officials’ intention is to share the money with the said company.
Richard Nyakaana is disappointed with the duo saying that during the previous council meeting held on Friday 22 February, 2013, they rejected a motion for the district to hire their own architectural design because the central government which is the major funder had already done the standard designs.
Nyakaana explained that council resolved that the chairman and CAO, before changing the design, should first consult the permanent secretary in the ministry of education and sports to give them a go ahead but they have insisted on having their own design.
Prosper Businge said the 100m shillings would be used as additional funds towards the construction of the stadium instead of hiring the private architect.
He said the money cannot be used for this purpose when the district has been financially constrained.
But Juma Nyende, the CAO in his response said there is no reason for the councilors to panic over the funds when the resolution was made just two weeks ago.
He says as district implementers they have already written to the concerned ministry for advice but they have not yet got a response.The CAO added that councilors should wait for the ministry’s response which will be public when it is out.
Rwabuhinga, on the other hand, said they are trying to work for the district but they are being let down by what he called rebel councilors who incite the public.
Rwabuhinga said they can go on and talk but the truth will come out. During the previous council, the councilors accused the CAO of failing to implement council resolutions which they said had affected service delivery.