Minister Elioda Tumwesigye addressing the council
Mbarara Municipality councilors yesterday broke into a protest demanding dismissal of the Town Clerk Munono Barintuma.
The rowdy councilors, brandishing placards cornered the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye to take up the matter and ensure that Munono is relieved of his duties.
The Clerk is being accused by the councilors of corruption.
The angry councilors said they wrote to the ministry of local government but never got a response.
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Councilors want Town Clerk Munono fired[/caption]
Mr. Munono is being accused of illegally formulating 3 different budgets which were handed over to the new council leadership. He is also accused of illegally contracting the municipality tax park on a 5 year term and also conniving with other people to grab land among other accusations.
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ACCUSED: Town Clerk Barintuma Munono[/caption]
Mr Tumwesigye had to explain to the angry councilors that their demands didn’t fall under his mandate.
“You know I am not the minister of local government but am part of the collective responsibility in cabinet and I will take all concerns to the responsible minister because these are accounting officers appointed at the centre; Actually I will speak to the Permanent Secretary Ben Kumumanya,” he promised.
“I was not expecting this as a question, but seeing many of you holding those writings means you are exhausted; I will take up your complaint” he said.
The accused Clerk Munono was absent at the meeting, on a purported sick leave since last year; which the councilors don’t know about.
“It’s now a month and Munono has never appeared in his office, and as councilors we were not told about it,” said Godfrey Tumusiime, councilor Kichwamba Ward in Nyamitanga division
Mbarara Lord Mayor Robert Kakyebezi confirmed that a team from the Local Government Ministry is already on ground to investigate the concerns of the town clerk with the councilors.