In his circular, Kumumanya proposed an agenda for first council meeting which should include swearing of Chairpersons, hand over by CAO to chairpersons/mayors, election of speaker presided over by Magistrate and Speaker presides over elections of his/her deputy.
According to Beti Kamya, the Ministry has received more complaints about the services from Luwero and Wakiso. The complaints include lifting caveats without the knowledge of affected parties, delayed issuance of land titles, issuing multiple titles on the same land and corruption among others.
Abdul Kalemera the Chairperson for District Finance Committee explains that the newly elected councillors will earn less allowances compared the outgoing over projected decline in revenue collections following creation of five town councils which are semi-autonomous and don’t remit anything to district.
Sam Serunjogi the Director of Serunjogi Investments Limited in Wobulenzi town council says most works at the zonal offices have been taken over by security guards who don’t allow the people to seek answers from land registrars or surveyors concerning their complaints.
Godfrey Kuruhiira, the outgoing Luweero Chief Administrative Officer, says despite the fact that the revenue of the district grew tremendously during his tenure, residents remain in abject poverty because of the mentality of riding on their contribution to the five year NRA War.
Luweero District Human Resource Officer Bernard Okello explains that while joining the service, the parish chiefs submitted Diploma’s as the highest level of education attained. But in 2019 when the district announced new job slots, the parish chiefs applied for promotion with academic documents indicating that they had university Degrees.
Asuman Kaaya the Secretary of Luweero Town Council Taxi Management Association says that there are over 260 taxis operating from Luweero to Kampala city but none have acquired route charts to ply on the road.
Eighteen councillors voted to amend the motion and commit the money to equipping the hospital whereas four councillors insisted it should be used to buy food. Basing on the outcome, The district Speaker Dithan Kikabi ruled that money be used to buy hospital beds, sanitizers, thermometer guns and masks.
The outcry came up when People with Disabilities and Muslim clerics were invited for relief food to enable them sustain themselves during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. They were transported to Kasana Playground in Luweero town using taxi’s and motorcycles to a handover ceremony presided over by Resident District Commissioner Phoebe Namulindwa.
But in the latest communication, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija authorized the districts to utilize the 20 million Shillings that was returned by Members of Parliament. Kasaija says that the money should be treated as grants, and accounted for in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act.
According to the circular to all RDCs and their deputies, signed by Yunus Kakande the Secretary of Office of the President shows that each of the RDC's offices has been given 20 million Shillings to cater to COVID-19 activities for a month. Of this, up to 3.6 million Shillings will cater for fuel expenses for 30 days, 500,000 Shillings covers imprest, 390,000 Shillings for safari day allowances and 1,690,000 shillings for the RDC's protective gear.
Majid Batambuze the Chairperson of Urban Authorities Association of Uganda says that once the money is deposited in Bank of Uganda, the Ministry of Finance is slow to approve requests to utilize the funds, which affects service delivery.
The Speaker Flavia Nakitende later ruled that buying car for the CAO be scrapped off the work plan and the old car is repaired. Nakitende said that the request was selfish and the money should be allocated to completion of district office block.
Richard Ssembajjwe, the Chairperson of Luweero District Service Commission told URN that the dismissed staff were summoned twice in Month of December 2019 to defend themselves over the alleged forgeries but they declined to appear. The one staff who had turned up at their offices disappeared before he was interviewed over allegations.
Charles Rwakairu, the Youths Councilor at Wobulenzi Town Council and Ishahak Mugema, the Luweero district Youth councillor admit that many of the groups disintegrated because they were formed with a purpose of accessing funds but not working together.
Ssembajjwe says that one of the staff turned up at their offices but disappeared before he was interviewed on the accusations. He says they evaluated evidence brought against the accused staff by the district and were satisfied that they forged their academic papers.