Kalangala council meet flops over finances

By: Henry Lubulwa

Kalangala: A council meeting in Kalangala District failed to kick off last week due to lack of funds. The meeting would have been the second in eight months, yet councillors are supposed to hold meetings every two months.

Recently, the district speaker, Mr Verelianus Ssennabulya, sent mobile phone short messages (SMS) to councillors inviting them for sectoral sittings scheduled for last Wednesday and Thursday and a council session for Friday.

However, a letter from the chief administrative officer, Mr Esau Ekachelen, indicated that there were no funds to run the activities.

In response, the speaker said his mandate was to invite councillors for meetings, adding that he feared that he could be censured for failure to call them. But when the councillors reported for the committee meetings, the district heads of departments declined to present reports, saying they had reportedly been instructed by Mr Ekachelen not to. This prompted councillors led by Mr Badru Ntulume to question Mr Ekachelen’s intentions.

Suspicion

Mr Ntulume wondered whether the Cao was intent on concealing corruption, vowing to take disciplinary action against him for allegedly sabotaging meetings. The Cao and the district chairperson, Mr William Lugoloobi, were reported to be away in Kampala for a seminar.

When contacted about the matter, Mr Ekachelen said he was surprised that the speaker had called the meetings despite the fact they agreed with the district chairperson earlier to postponed them due to lack of funds.

Asked to comment on why he refused the heads of department to present reports to the council sectoral committee meetings, the Cao said he had not yet signed them. Mr Ekachelen also denied allegations of corruption.

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