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Councilors at Mukono Central Division have halted construction of the division administrative headquarters until the town clerk avails to them accountability details about the project.

The construction started in July last year and is expected to be complete in a period of five years at a cost of 1.8 billion Shillings, funded on a quarterly basis through collected local revenue. The contract was awarded to Joff Constructions Limited.

However, the division councilors passed a resolution in a council sitting to halt the construction claiming that they lack a simple document about the project as well as its plan. The contractor has so far completed the foundation.   

According to Allan Mawanda, the Division Speaker, it does not make sense for the council to continue endorsing money for the construction works on the project whose progress and designs are hard to assess and monitor.   

The Division Chairperson Robert Peter Kabanda says his office tried following up on how the construction works commenced, designs of the building and how many offices the administrative structure will accommodate but failed to trace any.

He reveals learning from the office of the town clerk that the interdicted town clerk, Ismah Ssemyalo conducted all the construction activities but unfortunately disappeared with the files.

Abubaker Wassajja, the division town clerk notes that councilors should retract their decision and support the construction works since proper office space is badly needed.

He notes that the division is working hard with the office of the municipal town clerk to ensure that the interdicted officer returns the missing files. He notes they have also instructed the contractor to share a copy of the files.  

Currently, the division lacks space for housing offices. 

Our sources have established that some officials skip working days due to lack of working space at the current division building.

TC shares working space with the division accountants. Others sharing offices include the health inspector, enforcement officer, probation, clerk, community development officers and the education inspector.

Also, councilors lack a council hall where they can meet and conduct their meetings apart from resorting to tents in division gardens. They get interrupted during rainy seasons. 

A council of over 30 people shares a small room with the division chairperson.        

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