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Immigration Body Faces Eviction from Entebbe Airport over Shs 600M Rent Arrears

The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) is on the verge of being evicted from their offices at Entebbe International Airport  over unpaid rent, parliament has heard.

The body over the years has accumulated rent arrears to a tune of Shs 600 million which is owed to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

This was revealed by the directorate officials who were Thursday facing MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

As such, Stephen Bwiire the body’s chief accountant says payment has since been paused until this dispute is solved amicably.

“The reason why we had to adjust the (arrears) is that there was no basis for recognizing them. We did not have a tenancy agreement with CAA and this figure was in dispute” Bwiire said

According to Auditor General (AG) John Muwanga’s report, since 2016 talks between the two entities have been ongoing with no agreement reached.

The Immigration body is now calling for policy direction on cost sharing, saying if it is to entirely commit itself to this expense it will collapse in the short run.

“Let ministry of finance incorporate the funding to CAA to cater for some of these costs rather than killing individual entities which operate from the airport”, he says.

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But members of parliament questioned this proposal.

Hon Okin Ojara the Chwa West MP wondered how cost-sharing will even happen in a vacuum of an understanding.

He further tasked the accounting officer to explain how other entities operating from handle such costs.

In response, Gen. Gowa Kasiita the DCIC director suggested the idea of building joint offices for all government agencies doing this work.

He says this will be cost effective considering the fact that more airports are coming up in Gulu, Arua and the Albertine region.

“All entities of government that operate in this type of border post atmosphere, we could pull our resources together and build something so that nobody is paying rent to anybody.”

 

 

 

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