By Musa Sabir
Yumbe District councilors are complaining over delayed payment of their quarterly allowance which they say has not been paid for the last 4 quarters.
The councilors are now claiming over 1 million shillings from Yumbe District Local Government, accumulated since September 2019 as part of their allowances raised through the local revenue collections.
Mr. Sebbi Twaha, the Councilor representing Yumbe Town Council explains that, delays to pay them the allowances has great impact given many responsibilities they carry.
“We are not okay, because without money life is not easy” Sebbi said.
He adds that “We also need to cater for other things and if the money is not paid, meaning that we are really suffering”.
The Finance Committee Chairperson, Mr. Drasi Khalfan Ali says, the challenge of delayed payment to Councilors draws some years back as the district failed to comply with mode of paying Councilors’ allowance out of revenues locally generated.
Drasi reveals that when they newly entered the council, a concern was raised over paying Councilors consolidated allowance which he termed as ‘cheating’ them.
They resisted, it was only the Clerk to Council designing payment of the Councilors; even a sitting could be considered to be around 50,000/= yet we are supposed to get 130,000/= according to the stipulation in policy document.
Yumbe District Local Government has 23 District Councilors representing different sub counties in the district Yumbe, each meant to receive an estimate of 600,000 shillings quarterly, but this have since missed for about 4 quarters now.
Efforts made to get response from the Chief Administrative Officer the newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer; Mr. Innocent Ashaba never yielded positive result as several calls made to him were not answered by press time.
But, sources reveal that, part of the money received by the district from central government as ex-gratia for District Councilors was channeled by the district’s former Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Jalwiny Silliman to cover the honoraria for Parish Councilors in the district, after they complained over nonpayment which later accumulated to over 100 million shillings. End