Administration Block Construction Stopped By Council.

By on July 13, 2017

Apac municipal council has halted the construction of the administration block alleging that the building plan was not approved by council, but a section of executive council.

This was after Hon Geoffrey Ococ a councilor petitioned the speaker for an emergency council meeting, in his petition Hon. Ococ argued that the building plan in use at the site is different from the one submitted to the president on the 6th  February 2017 when the foundation stone was laid.

Hon Hanington Otim, the municipal speaker noted that the standard rule of procedure, the speaker calls for an emergency council meeting on matters of importance not rumors.

Hon Otim  quoted Article 180,  of the constitution and Local government act chapter 243 in schedule 3 detailing the powers of local government and the speaker, before ruling that;
⦁    The ongoing construction be stopped immediately.
⦁    Members of finance and administration, headed by leader of government business Hon Jimmy Ogwang who is the secretary of the same committee constitute a committee of inquiry into the expenditures incurred to date for the construction with receipts and bank statements.
⦁    The municipal engineer must provide the source of concocted plan for the administration block and how it came into existence.
⦁    The committee of inquiry give a report to council in a period of two weeks.

He also observed that the acting mayor who is the secretary for works and technical services is incompetent because he failed to supervise his technical team.

The town clerk failed to give technical advice, and direct council and went ahead to implement plans not approved by council.

Council resolution has no negative impact on the welfare of society and cannot affect any business.

The speaker asked council that legal matters need not to be handled individually, “Let’s be innovative and know that council is not one man’s business.”

Additionally cautioning politicians of siding with technical staff.
Tony Ogwang the acting deputy town clerk told council that much as council is supreme, the executive does some activities and recommendations on behalf of council.

Jimmy Okello, the mayor asked for appropriate  time to answer to why he has been accused of not being in office and delegating much of the work to his deputy, besides defending issues that the speaker ruled out due to lack of evidence.
District contract’s committee reportedly awarded the contract to Midmonth builders and civil engineering services who had kick started the construction over a month ago with digging the foundation.

In figures, Francis Odong the technical supervisor (engineer) for Apac municipal noted that up to shs 2.2 billion was earmarked for the construction, however the first phase of slabing was to take shs 16,829,426.

The emergency council meeting was attended by four other district councilors including Hon angwec Dorcus-Otim, Hon Egwel Gilbert and Hon Opur Charlse DeApac (olderpersons rep), Hon Odongo Tony Jaspher (Apac Sub County), Hon Akaca KK George (Aduku urban council) amongst other technical officers and members of the public gallery.

By Daniel Okwir.Apac.

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