Gilbert Tayebwa, the ICF South-Central Uganda Crane Conservation-Program Officer, says that Lwengo is one of the largest breeding colonies for the cranes but several have been encroached on by the farmers and bricklayers.
Gonzaga Muteesasira, the greater Masaka regional coordinator for the program, reveals that the habit of multiple borrowing have been unearthed among the youth leaders and media practitioners SACCOs that were registered at levels of the three constituencies in the area.
Lwengo district, which was carved out of Masaka in 2010, has been in the limelight for the peculiar approaches used by the previous leaders in enforcing policies. The outgoing district chairman George Mutabazi is specifically known for flogging residents to meet their social responsibilities and assignments.
According to Godfrey Mutemba, the Lwengo District Natural Resources Officer, their departments don’t have a vote within the EACOP budget and are as such, incapable of following up on environment-related concerns that were indicated in the Environment Impact Assessment report.
In a petition filed at Masaka High Court Registry, Ponsiono Balikka Matovu who contested as an independent candidate says the elections conducted on January 27th 2021, were marred with inconsistencies that affected the overall results and the integrity of the process.
According to Sarah Nalugooti and her husband John Baptist Musoke, the caretakers of the 2-acre graveyard land, they have lost three people since 2019 but since the compensation is delayed, they have no money to buy another piece of land to relocate the remains of the deceased.
Sarah Nakanwagi, the district Councillor for Lwengo Town council has expressed his displeasure during the council sitting arguing that all the people at the district headquarters are at great health risks over the latrines they use in answering the nature’s call.
In December 2019, the Lwengo district council resolved to auction all vehicles, motorcycles and office equipment that is no longer in use. Councilors accordingly tasked the Chief Administrative Officer to generate an inventory of all unutilised assets for eventual auctioning.
Lwengo District Council Speaker William Matovu Saitoti says that they have received notices from two of the claimants demanding that the district either pays exorbitant sums of money in the ground rent or relocate the facilities.
The Ministry of Local Government required Masaka municipality to meet key structural prerequisites that include, among others, having a minimum population of at least 300,000 people and land area measuring to 100 square kilometres before elevating it to a city. These pre-conditions warranted Masaka Municipality to extend its boundaries into the neighbouring sub-counties of Kkingo in Lwengo and Kalungu district.
Apparently, government pays 120,000 shillings to village council chairperson as their annual ex-gratia; translating to into 10,000 shillings per month.
However, George William Mutabaazi, the Lwengo district chairperson says this money is too little to keep village chairpersons effectively perform their responsibilities, hence many of them being demotivated.
The disagreement pits Lwengo district Chairman George Mutabaazi against the Resident District Commissioner Jjuuko Kasiita, specifically over the evaluation process and compensation of Project Affected Persons in the area.