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PS DIRECTS INTERDICTION OF FORT PORTAL NORTH DIVISION CLERK

By Mulengera Reporters

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government has directed the Fort Portal City Town Clerk to interdict Thomas Rabwoni, the Fort Portal City North Division Town Clerk, and a Senior Accounts Officer, Pamela Kirungi for causing a financial loss to Fort Portal City. In a June 27th, 2022 letter, the Permanent Secretary, Ben Kumumanya, says that the decision to allow investigations by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit into the allegations against the duo.

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“In accordance with section F-s (8) of the Uganda public service standing orders 2010 you are hereby instructed to interdict Thomas Rabwoni Kadworo, the division Town clerk, and Pamela Kirungi, senior accountant officer with immediate effect in order to allow smooth investigations without interference. The purpose of this communication is to instruct you to take urgent action on this matter accordingly,” the letter reads in part.

On March 24, a section of councilors from the Fort Portal City North Division petitioned the Mayor, Asaba Edison Ruyonga requesting him to investigate the financial loss in the division. They argued that Rwabwoni had acknowledged receiving Shillings 195 Million since august last year yet records from the city treasurer indicated that he had actually recieved Shillings 261 Million, which caused a disparity in the division accounts.

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The funds were meant for the Development Discretionary Equalization Grant-DDEG program. It is a revolving program targeting the poor and unemployed youth that focuses on Agriculture and improving road works. Councilors also argue that Rabwoni had connived with the accountant to lend Fort Portal City Shillings 21 million without the consent of the North Division and City council, which raised suspicions.

In May, the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Rose Akello while attending an accountability and service delivery meeting in Fort Portal ordered the arrest of Rabwoni and Kirungi for alleged corruption. Akello also ordered that the two leave office so as not to interfere in investigations.

However, the City town Clerk, Moses Otimong delayed enforcing the Minister’s directives on grounds that he had not received written instructions.  Otimong told our report that he was yet to receive the PS’s letter instructing him to interdict the two officers.

However, the Fort Portal City Mayor, Asaba Ruyonga, said that he received the letter and has instructed the town Clerk to take action as instructed by the Permanent secretary-URN (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at mulengeranews@gmail.com).

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