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Kamuswaga Lukiiko reject sh3m from Rakai district

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th April 2010 03:00 AM

THE Kooki Lukiiko has rejected a sh3m cheque from the Rakai district council as rental fees.Kooki premier Ananiya Sekyanzi told The New Vision that they would only accept a cheque for at least sh20m.

THE Kooki Lukiiko has rejected a sh3m cheque from the Rakai district council as rental fees.Kooki premier Ananiya Sekyanzi told The New Vision that they would only accept a cheque for at least sh20m.

By Vision Reporter

THE Kooki Lukiiko has rejected a sh3m cheque from the Rakai district council as rental fees.Kooki premier Ananiya Sekyanzi told The New Vision that they would only accept a cheque for at least sh20m.

The district owes Kooki sh60m in rent arrears accumulated over five years.

The district leaders hoped that the Kamuswaga would also release a Toyota double cabin pick-up truck which he impounded over the debt.

The New Vision also learnt that the Lukiiko worked with Gastas Lugaaju, who won a case against the council for unlawful dismissal and is demanding over sh40m from them, to impound the vehicle belonging to the water department earlier this year.

“We were surprised to learn that the district paid Lugaaju sh20m to release the vehicle and gave only sh3m of the sh60m they owe to the Kamuswaga,” a member of the Lukiiko, who preferred anonymity, said.

He said it was embarrassing for the district to undermine the Lukiiko, yet it regarded Rakai leaders as partners in the development of the district.

Contacted for comment, the district chief administrative officer, Edward Galabuzi, said Lugaaju’s issue had been resolved but denied claims that it was connected to the Lukiiko’s.

But Peter Mukiibi, the court bailiff, said although the district had cleared some of Lugaaju’s debt, he (Mukiibi) would not release the vehicle when his client had not consented.

“We shall continue holding that vehicle until we get an order from our client allowing us to release it,” Mukiibi added.

The district council has been renting three of Kooki’s buildings for the finance department, the district service commission and the district council hall since 2006.

The district, however, has only paid sh5m for using the facilities.

Kooki leaders insist that they want the district to pay a reasonable amount of money to the Lukiiko to enable its activities move on.

Kamuswaga Lukiiko reject sh3m from Rakai district

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