By Emmanuel Omona
Gulu Municipal Council has permitted Minister Hillary Onek, the proprietor of the Bomah Hotel in Gulu to construct Eden road which
leads to his Hotel.
Eden road is a 1km road which leads to Bomah Hotel in Gulu town.
Onek for the last 16 months had refused to pay revenue to Gulu Municipal Council claiming the road to his Bomah Hotel was in bad shape. The revenue arrears accumulated to Shs 10.8m.
Hillary Onek who is the Minister Disaster preparedness during a press conference at his Bomah Hotel in Gulu told reporters that they have cleared all their arrears with the Laroo division authorities.
Onek explained that they had deliberately refused to pay revenue to Laroo division because they wanted to have dialogue over the poor road leading to his Hotel.
“We stopped giving revenue because we wanted a dialogue with Gulu Municipal Council and the Laroo division authorities which Iam very happy was successful on Thursday”, Onek explained.
He further revealed that he had wrote to Gulu Municipal Council to allow him to construct Eden road which leads to his hotel since it was in a poor state but the request was denied.
“I requested the authorities at Gulu Municipal Council to give me the permission to construct Eden road which leads to my Hotel but it landed on deaf ears”, Onek said.
The Minister further revealed that the poor state of Eden road has led to decline in the turn up of his guests in his hotel.
“For the last one year guests in my Hotel have been complaining of the poor state of Eden road. They would only visit once would not come back”, Onek said.
Among the agreed terms was that Onek should get his own contractor and the money used would be determined on the revenue he is to pay.
Moses Abonga, the Laroo division Chairman LC III where Bomah Hotel is located represented Gulu Municipal Council confirmed that Onek has cleared of all his pending arrears for the 16 months which totaled to Shs 10.8M.
“He has paid all the arrears of Shs 10.8m. The earlier figure was not right and we wish him luck in his business”, Abonga said.