Hoima, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Councilors in Hoima district are protesting the delayed payment of their allowances.
Hoima district has 32 councilors who earn 350,000 Shillings as allowance per sitting. Now, the group say that they are demanding allowances for the last three months, and are threatening to shun all council meetings until the arrears are cleared.
Hillary Tumusiime, the councilor representing Kyabigambire sub-county says that they can not properly serve the electorate without money.
Judith Nyamaizi, the woman councilor representing Buhanika sub-county says that they will not attend any council meeting unless their allowances are paid fully.
Robert Baguma, the Kigorobya town councilor says it is not fair for them to spend three months without receiving their sitting allowances.
Swaibu Nyangabyaki, the Hoima district council speaker calls for calm among the councilors saying that shunning council sittings is not a good move because they would be punishing their electorate. Hoima district chairperson Kadir Kirungi acknowledges that the councilors have not had their allowances since the beginning of the new term of office but attributes the delays to the low local revenues realized by the district due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He however says the district intends to clear the allowances this week.