Hoima Councilors Block Council Meeting Over Invitation Letters

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Led by Godfrey Azoora, the representative of Bujuura ward, the councilors said they were not invited officially as provided for in the local government act, adding that they only heard of the meeting through rumors.

There was confusion at Hoima municipal council chambers this morning after the councilor declined to attend a council meeting demanding for invitation letters. Led by Godfrey Azoora, the representative of Bujuura ward, the councilors said they were not invited officially as provided for in the local government act, adding that they only heard of the meeting through rumors.
 
The Local Government Act stipulates that the speaker through the clerk to council should issue out written invitations to council members fourteen days before the council meeting.
 
They tasked Paul Amanya, the speaker Hoima municipal council to explain why they had not received written invitations. With backing from fellow council members, Azoora moved a motion that the speaker suspends council until invitation letters are availed to them.

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 Amanya denied any wrong doing saying heinstructed the clerk to council in writing to print and issue out invitation letters to the members.  The clerk to council Stephen Kasaija apologized over the mishap saying logistical problems could not allow for printing of invitation letters.
 
However, the councilors wouldn’t have any of this. They threatened to storm out of the meeting unless invitation letters are provided. This prompted the speaker to adjourn the meeting for 40 minutes. Amanya instructed the town clerk Emmanuel Banya to print invitation letters in 30 minutes, so that the meeting could reconvene.

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Later the August 14, dated invitation letters were distributed to council members and the meeting reconvened.