Rukungiri Councillors Up in Arms over Allowances


Trouble started after the clerk to the council read the council agenda but did not mention issues to do with the councillors’ allowances.

Sources say for every council sitting, each councilor is supposed to be paid shs100,000 as sitting allowance and night allowances of shs.130,000 while the transport refund is calculated according to the distance travelled.

According to Amon Kanywanisa, the Rukungiri District Youth Councilor, in the last meeting, the finance department promised to clear the councilors’ allowances and arrears.

“We have been patient for a long time and we cannot go beyond this, Madam Speaker, we want our money before we continue with the house’s business,” one of the councillors declared.

The speaker pleaded with the rowdy councilors not to abandon the meeting but they just asked her to adjourn it for 20 minutes saying that it would look bad for the speaker to remain alone in the council.

The Rukungiri District chairman Charles Byabakama told the council that the setback in securing funds for the councilor was because of reduction in the locally-generated revenues.

However, the councillors could not listen to the Speaker who suspended the sittings indefinitely.


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