Lira Municipal Councillors Petition State House Anti-Corruption Unit

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Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners says that they resolved to petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had failed.

Lira Municipal Councillors have petitioned the State House Anti-Corruption Unit over gross irregularities surrounding management of social services.

Some of the critical issues which the councillors want the unit to investigate include the award of contract to manage Coronation Park to Saving Grace Investment, allocation of revenues collection to some individuals at the Main Market, allocations of plots at the Timber Yard near the current Airfield among others.

The petition dated, March 2nd, 2019 and addressed to Lt. Col Nakalema was signed by 16 councillors.

Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners says that they resolved to petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had failed.

Owani claimed there are numerous irregularities carried out by the Municipality officials allegedly with full knowledge of Town Clerk, Assy Abireebe.

Mike Ogwal, the Kakoge parish councillor cited the recent transfers of over 20 million shillings to the bank account of an individual without the approval of the council.

James Mugisha of Lango Central parishes says that Lira Municipal officials have also several times flouted Public Procurement guidelines.

He cites the recent allocation of contract to manage Coronation Park under USMID in Lira town to a private company, Saving Grace Investment limited for a period of one year.

Steven Alele, a local Anti-Corruption activist in Lira town described the award as illegal since all Procurement laws were abused.

According to Alele, PPDA is also undertaking investigation into the circumstances under which this contract was awarded.

On February 26, 2019, the PPDA acting Executive Director wrote to Lira Municipality Town Clerk Assy Abireebe confirming investigations to ascertain the alleged irregularities in the award of contract.

Lt.Col.Nakalema confirmed receiving the petition and said that it will be reviewed before investigations begin.

Abireebe said he is not aware or bothered about the petition.



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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.