Mengo Official Storms Budget Conference Over Bouncing Cheque

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He explains that in August last year, Masaka municipality passed a resolution to purchase a certificate worth 800,000 shillings.

Masaka municipal council chambers was a scene of drama on Thursday after Hajji Ibrahim Katele, the deputy representative of Buganda Kingdom-Pokiino to Buddu County stormed the budget conference over a false cheque issued to his office. Katele demanded to know why Masaka municipality has failed to clear 800,000 shillings for the purchase of the Buganda Kingdom certificate. He explains that in August last year, Masaka municipality passed a resolution to purchase a certificate worth 800,000 shillings.
 
Katele says Masaka municipality wrote a cheque for the payment of the certificate. He says that on receiving the cheque belonging to DFCU bank, his office acknowledged it with a receipt, but the money has never been transferred to the kingdom account. He says that they banked the cheque several times but it kept bouncing. Katele suspects that there could be a deliberate attempt by some municipal officials to deny Buganda Kingdom revenue. He accuses the municipal officials of being envious of the kingdom activities yet, they operate on part of its land.
 
Katele advised the municipality to clear the payment or they incite residents against paying taxes. Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the mayor Masaka municipality and Henry Busuulwa, the chairperson social services committee, have called for calm. Kayemba says that he was not aware of the problem but has promised to follow it up.  He explains that council unanimously passed a resolution to buy the certificate and left the town clerk to implement it but he doesn’t know where the problem is. Henry Busuulwa, the chairperson Masaka municipal council social services committee says they are disappointed with the development because all along they have been thinking the town clerk had cleared the payment.
 
He advises council to consider passing a fresh resolution allocating an equal amount of money for the payment of the Kingdom certificate, saying if the official pushes through with his threats to mobilize kingdom loyalists it might affect their activities. Lukyamuzi Stephen, the speaker Masaka municipality has promised to follow up the matter and find out what possibly went wrong.