Thursday, 23 March 2017

*IGG Clears Kabarole Youth Centre, KIU Rent Saga*

*IGG Clears Kabarole Youth Centre, KIU Rent Saga*

By Moris Mumbere


KABAROLE: The Office of the Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) has cleared
Kabarole district decision to rent out the Youth Information Center at
Nyabukara Boma to Kampala International University (KIU) ending the
impending wrangles between a section of councilors and district chairperson
accusing him of selling it off.

In January 2015 President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the Kabarole Youth
and Information Center but since then the building had not been put to use
as government failed to equip it, prompting council in April 2016 to pass a
resolution to rent it out to KIU.

But weeks after passing the council resolution, Joseph Mashuhuko councilor
Karambi and Hon.Stella Kemigabo of Mugusu sub county went on the radio
airways protesting the decision claiming the district chairperson Richard
Rwabuhinga had connived with the tycoon and sold off the Youth Information
Centre to KIU.

This required the intervention of the office of the IGG to investigate the
corruption scam in Kabarole district as alleged by the duo.

In a letter dated 3rd January,2017 signed by Nicholas Kajura addressed to
Robert Alinatwe Publicity Secretary Kabarole district youth council and
copied to Director IGG regional offices Kampala, investigations were
carried out and findings indicate Kabarole district followed the rightful
procedures thus clearing it to rent out the building to KIU.

The letter states that after president Museveni commissioned shs250m
building, it remained abandoned, prompting the district to rent it out to
KIU that had showed interest at shs1.5m per month but after several
consultative meetings were held with District Youth Executive, District
council and stakeholders

It also indicates that a government valuer was engaged to establish the
monthly rent for the centre which was estimated at shs1.5m per month and on
23/09/2016. A procurement requisition to rent out the centre at shs36m for
two years  was submitted to the contracts committed and approved.

According to IGG, Kabarole considered to utilize the raised money to equip
the centre when the contract expires and in addition Basaijjabalaba would
train the Kabarole youths in computer skills and health services; erect a
permanent perimeter wall and extend piped water to the facility.

Chief Administrative Officer CAO Kabarole Dunstan Balaba confirms KIU has
already deposited shs36m rent on the district Youth Fixed Bank Account.

Richard Rwabuhinga says according to local government act, he implements
council resolutions adding that when KIU leaves the building the money on
fixed account will have accumulated and be given to the youth to support
their projects.
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