More than 2,000 people from the villages of Bungucoda, Nyakarongo, Kiryana, Ijwamba and Kokoitwa in Kimengo were forcefully evicted from the land said to be belonging to Uganda Investment Authority-UIA in November 2019. The residents were given just a few hours to vacate the land.
However on Friday, the Speaker said the councillors did not follow the rightful procedures while signing the petition. He explains that according to the rules of procedure of the local government councils, all petitions have to be filed in his presence, which he says was not the case with the councillor’s petition.
Byaruhanga hasn’t yet commented on the move by councilors to impeach him as he couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story. Trouble for Byaruhanga started recently when he locked the CAO’s office on September 9, 2019 paralyzing work at the district.
William Mwambu, the Councilor for People with Disabilities-PWDs is now demanding for legal and disciplinary action to be taken against the LC 5 Chairperson. He says his action was uncalled for and it is not reflected in any law that the Chairperson is supposed to lock the CAO’s office.
The money totaling 41.3 million Shillings was given to the Sub County in compensation for developments that will be affected by the construction of Masindi-Butiaba road. The affected developments include a sugar plantation and trees occupying over two acres of land, and a market in Karongo Village.
According to the report released by Godfrey Bahemuka, the Masindi Municipality Principal Community development officer, the municipality received 225 million shillings for 29 projects, but has managed to recover only 75 million shillings for the financial years 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017
The arrest followed findings of a field monitoring exercise led by Finance committee chairperson Salama Kugonza and District Revenue Officer Moses Kalyegira in the lower local governments. During the exercise, it was established that the Parish Chiefs take long to remit the revenue leading to misuse of funds and under-declaration.
Ismail Haruna, the Civic ward councilor to the Municipal council says he has been following up the payment of the road gangs with the town clerks office but was told their money is still on the account.
In August 2015, OPM donated a tractor registration number UAW 249V to Masindi district to boost agricultural production. However, the management of the tractor has pitied the LC V chairperson against the CAO.