June 18, 2024

Chaos as Lira City West Division approves shs 3.6Billion budget


By Denish Ongora (denish.ongora@vol.co.ug)

Lira City

After nearly nine hours of acrimonious and heated debate, Lira City West Division on Tuesday passed shillings 3.6 Billion budget for the 2024/2025 financial year.

In the budget that was approved at 9pm, shillings 150Million was allocated to support Lira City Council in the procurement of a grader.

Other sectors like  administration got 848.8 Million shillings, finance and planning, 1.9 billion, council business, 292 Million, production, 50 Million, education and sports, 61 Million, health, 106 Million, works and technical services, 167 Million and community based services got 111 Million shillings among others.

There was a hot debate on shs135 million for procuring a vehicle for Lira City West division and 150 Million shillings for procurement of a grader for Lira city council.

Speaker Okello Daniel demanded documents from ministry of works and transport which authorized Lira City to procure a grader.

He then put the matter to vote and councilors voted in favor of procuring the grader.

Mayor of Lira city West Division, Amolo Rose Ongom said the executive of City West Division, councilors of City West and Lira City Council leaders held a meeting over the burden of poor roads where they agreed to buy roads equipment to support road works.

Earlier chaos ensured in the Council when the Speaker accused the executive led by the Mayor Rose Amolo Ongom of failing to present the Council calendar for the financial year 2024/2025.

After the mayor of Lira City west Division Amolo Rose Ongom presenting 3.6 billion shillings budget for FY 2024/2025 and the work plan, and chairpersons of different committees had presented their reports, it was discovered that the council calendar was not available.

Speaker Daniel Okello asked the Town Clerk of Lira City west division, Komakec Emmanuel for the Council calendar but he said it was not prepared due to time constraint.

Okello adjourned the council sitting for more than 30 minutes before the house could resume back for business.

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