Apac Municipal Council Halts Construction of Administration Block

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Tony Ogwang, the acting Deputy Town Clerk told council that much as council is the supreme decision making organ, the executive implements some activities and recommendations on behalf of the council.

Apac Municipal council has halted the construction of the administration, saying the building planning was only approved by the executive as opposed to the entire council. The resolution was reached in an emergency council meeting convened on Wednesday following a petition by councilor, Geoffrey Ococ.



In his petition, Ococ argued that the building plan being used is different from the one presented to president, Yoweri Museveni on February 6th, 2017 during the ground breaking ceremony. He called for the immediate suspension of the ongoing construction and demanded that the municipal engineer be tasked to explain the source of the concocted plan and how it came into existence.


In his ruling, Hanington Otim, the speaker Apac Municipal Council directed the construction works be stopped immediately. He directed members of the Finance and Administration Committee led by Jimmy Ogwang, the leader of government business to constitute a committee of inquiry into the expenditure incurred on the construction to date and report back to council within two weeks.


He faulted Jimmy Okello, the acting mayor Apac Municipality who also doubles as the Secretary for Works and Technical services for failing to supervise technical staff. He also noted that the town clerk had failed to give technical advice and direct council against implementing a plan that wasn't approved by council.  "Let's be innovative and know that council is not one man's business," he said.

Tony Ogwang, the acting Deputy Town Clerk told council that much as council is supreme decision making organ, the executive implements some activities and recommendations on behalf of the council. Engineer Francis Odong, the technical supervisor for Apac municipality said the entire construction is expected to cost Shillings 2.2 billion.

He however, says the first phases of the project will cost Shillings 16,829,426, adding that they have already earmarked Shillings 779,237,438 from the Discretionary Development Grant-DDEG.