Gulu Councilors Block Budget over Unpaid Allowances

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The approval of the 2011/2012 financial year budget estimates for Gulu Municipal council today hit a snag after 17 of the 36 councilors stormed out of the council meeting to protest the none payment of their allowances.

The approval of the 2011/2012 financial year budget estimates for Gulu Municipal council today hit a snag after 17 of the 36 councilors stormed out of the council meeting to protest the none payment of their allowances. The councilors are demanding shillings 8 million in unpaid allowances for the previous council sittings and committee work
 
 
Trouble started this afternoon after Augustine Bujara; Gulu Municipal Town clerk informed the councilors that there was no money to pay clear their sitting allowances. Bujara promised to pay the councilors their allowances on Thursday, when some funds will be available.  The councilors would not have any of this and demanded to know why they were invited for the council sitting if there was no money to pay their allowances.
 
 
 
Geoffrey Akena, the deputy speaker Gulu Municipality accused the town clerk of trickery saying that he has never lived up to his word. Akena threatened to mobilize the councilors to move a vote of no confidence in the town clerk. As a result, 17 of the 36 councilors stormed out of the council meeting saying they will not approve the municipality budget unless their allowances are paid.
 
 
However, the decision of the councilors to work out of the council didn’t go down well with the council speaker Kelly Komakech. He ruled the councilors out of order and accused them of breaching the council rules of procedures.  Komakech suspended the councilors for two sessions and ordered them to appear before the disciplinary committee.
 
 
However, Geoffrey Akena the deputy speaker of Gulu Municipality faulted Komakech for taking a hash decision against the councilors saying they have a right to protest none payment of their allowances. Akena asked the speaker to revoke the suspension of the councilors.  Wilson Oyat Chagga, one of the affected councilors accused the speaker of taking sides. He said they did nothing wrong by demanding what is due to them. After eating lunch, the councilors walked away without approving the municipality budget.

 

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