On Friday afternoon, the State Anti-Corruption Unit together with other agencies including the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government Ben Kumumanya stormed the municipality and held a meeting which later turned into an investigation panel with several individuals submitting evidence as others shared their grievances.
The party had rolled out its 2021 General Election roadmap listing mass recruitment and registration of new members as the first activity, preceding grassroots elections. As part of the process, the party distributed registration books also known as the green books, to be used as voter registers.
Up to 15 call-up centres were opened up across the country targeting honourably discharged soldiers from the rank of Major and below, with almost 55-years of age and baring no criminal. The force is recalling more than 2,700 veterans to back-up soldiers deployed on an African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia.
Authorities note that though the municipality has been hosting the day for years with a lot of indirect benefits due to the influx of people in the area for over almost a month, they have been lacking a proper plan strategized to ensure that the municipality remit some revue to its coffers.
Although the offices were previously closing at 7 p.m., Our reporter found the officers operating way beyond 10 p.m. One of the lower-level staff who preferred anonymity says that at night, officers keep busy looking into their documents. “The municipality is hot these days,” the staff said.
According to the Ministry, all Registry operations were frozen affecting over 394,000 land transactions. Despite the temporary closure several people are still flocking the offices hoping to get services. The closure threw the real estate industry in Wakiso district into a panic right from day one.
David Nkojjo, the Chairperson St Jude- Bbanda School Management Committee observes that due to development priorities competing for land in Wakiso district, many schools have lost their land to grabbers while others find a hard time when the foundation bodies reclaim part of the land leaving them with tiny potions.
Jackie Kiiza Kemigisha, the Principal Urban Officer in the Local Government Ministry, said the meeting came up with four resolutions and resolved to implement them with immediate effect in the interest of better service delivery in the municipality.
The angry councillors who stormed the offices carrying placards called for the transfer of the Atwoko who has spent one year in the office. They accused him of among other issues misappropriating finances and incompetence.
Multitudes of youths have taken to the streets to challenge the arrest of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who was arrested early today, alongside Bugiri Municipality Member of parliament Asuman Basalirwa, Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala, Tonny Ssempebwa, the Kasangati LC III Chairperson and one Waiswa Mufumbira.
State Minister for Lands, Persis Namuganza says that the closure will allow technical teams to successfully update the Land Information System at Wakiso Ministry Zonal Office, between January 4 and January 21, 2020. The process which will affect over 394,000 land transactions.
In this Christmas festival season, the situation has escalated with residents in different areas complaining about the unbearable levels of noise which covers almost twelve hours of the night. although residents in different areas have filed their complaints with the local government, the situation is yet to change.
Alfred Eboku Ejanu, the head of credit and operations at the Microfinance Support Centre, says that during their years of operations in Wakiso district, they have established that the population in Wakiso has unique challenges which need special focus and treatment.
Dr Paul Zirimala, the officer in- charge of Wakiso Health IV, notes that the most conditions registered from the sites over the last months has been Hernia. Dr Zirimala says that on average they have been performing five to seven hernia surgeries on patients working from the quarry sites.
Michel Ssenoga, operating in Kira town, says lack of public toilets has forced some people in the municipality to resort to desperate means of disposing their waste like defecating in open areas, incomplete buildings and street corridors.
Wakiso District Engineer Sam Mwesigwa notes that the district has over 536 kilometres of roads, more than half of which are strategic roads, which however remain in a poor state and in dire need of an upgrade. Mwesigwa blames the state of roads on budget shortfalls.