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Kabale LCV chairman, councillors clash over PAC report

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Kabale District LCV Chairman, Patrick Besigye Keihwa and district councillors have clashed over the District Public Accounts Committee-PAC report.

The report dated November 29, 2018 calls for action against the former Kabale Deputy District Engineer, James Kiganda.

Kiganda is currently the District Engineer for Rukiga. The councillors petitioned the Office of the Speaker demanding for Kiganda’s Investigations over alleged misuse of over 40 million shillings meant to rehabilitate roads in 2016/2017 financial year.

The councillors’ decision followed a monitoring and evaluation exercise which established that there was no work done on the proposed rehabilitation of the eight-kilometer Mparo-Butambi road in Rwamucucu Sub County and the installation of steel culverts at Nyakashebeya Church of Uganda Bridge in Kashambya Sub County, Rukiga district.

The committee also discovered deficiencies in the installation of culverts at Nyakasiru playground along Bukinda-Kahondo-Maziba road in Bukinda Sub County and the planned rehabilitation of Kasheregyenyi- Nyamabale-Katenga road in Kamuganguzi Sub County in Kabale district wasn’t completed.

However, as Keihwa presented the report, he was booed by the councillors who demanded to know why he had a summary of the report instead of a detailed one.

Julius Barusya, the district councillor representing Kamunganguzi Sub County accused Keihwa of not sharing a detailed report with the councillors so that they make comparisons.

Barusya openly told Keihwa to vacate the podium if he is not willing to provide copies of the full report to the councillors.

Barusya was backed by Pius Rwakimari, the district councillor representing Kyanamira Sub County who accused Keihwa of shielding Kiganda by declining to share the detailed report.

George Saturday Kakwenza, the Kabale District Male Youth Chairperson faults Keihwa for declining to share with councillors a detailed report.

But, Keihwa argued that the law does not allow him to share the report with councillors adding that he is only mandated to share it with the office of the Auditor General, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Inspector General of Government, Resident District Commissioner and the Chief Administrative officer.

His response angered the councillors forcing, Loy Ruth Tusiime Zikampereza, the Kabale District Speaker to order Keihwa to stop his presentation until the matter is resolved.

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