Concern In Hoima Over Impounded Dumper Lorry

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In short
Court bailiffs from Masindi High Court early in July attached the municipal dumper lorry registration number LG0003118. This followed council’s failure to clear Central Ward councilor Margaret Mande’s 27 million shillings in court damages. Four years ago, Mande sued the then Hoima town council for unlawful suspension from council meetings and court ruled in her favour.

There is growing concern in Hoima as the Municipality Council goes for more a month without a garbage dumper lorry.

Court bailiffs from Masindi High Court early in July attached the municipal dumper lorry registration number LG0003118. This followed council’s failure to clear Central Ward councilor Margaret Mande’s 27 million shillings in court damages.

Four years ago, Mande sued the then Hoima town council for unlawful suspension from council meetings and court ruled in her favour. The Council was ordered to pay Mande five million shillings. However, the money accumulated to 27 million shillings because council failed to pay.

This forced Mande to seek court action again leading to the confiscation of the dumper lorry. Meanwhile the confiscation of the truck is attracting concern.

Felix Mugano, the Hoima Municipal Health Inspector, says the confiscation is frustrating garbage collection efforts. Mugano says though council has a number of other garbage trucks, this dumper was the most effective, as it carries three garbage skips at ago. He says the truck would also be easily stationed at some garbage collection points for residents to dump in garbage.

Brian Kaboyo, Hoima municipal youth councilor, says besides impounding the municipal dumper lorry, the delay by council to pay means the debt will continue to accumulate. Kaboyo with a group of other councilors compelled the speaker to cause an extra-ordinary council meeting two weeks ago. During the meeting it was resolved that the debt be cleared in installments.

Kaboyo accuses the Mayor and the town clerk of going against council’s stand to instead file an appeal against court’s decision. He warns that council will hold the two officials responsible if the money accumulates this time.

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A URN reporter could not readily find the town clerk or the Mayor for a comment at the time.
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