Kabaka Mutebi says that the suggested reforms will mess up the cultural values and interests of the Kingdom and the subjects whose heritage is hinged on land as one of the key principles of their existence. He indicates that mooting for reforms that specifically target a land tenure system which is largely espoused in Buganda amounts to outright injustice aimed at weakening the Kingdom.
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.
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.
Abdul Matovu went into hiding today due to pressure from his creditors. The police detectives were planning to arrest him following a pile of complaints from more than 20 people but he sneaked from his home before they arrived.
Asmat Nabalamba, the JEEMA Bukoto Midwest parliamentary candidate and NUP’s candidate for the Lwengo LC V Chairperson’s seat, Joseph Balikudembe had scheduled the event to jointly launch their manifestos and campaign, which attracted a mammoth crowd.
Shafik Bizimungu, one of the NUP coordinators in Lwengo whose beret was confiscated accused Police of provoking peaceful politicians to create unnecessary tension with intentions of frustrating their campaigns.
Mathias Kasamba, the NRM’s Director for Mobilization argues that the majority of the petitions are largely a result of deliberate conduct of election officers who through collusion, abused their powers to mess-up the process, saying that the party must get rid of such characters if they are to have a clean exercise.
Birimumaaso, who lost the race for the NRM Parliamentary candidate in Bukoto West argues that the party is seemingly condoning voter bribery and intimidation, violence and several vices that affect the integrity of the party’s internal processes.
Shifah Kateregga, the Executive Director of Human Rights Defenders Masaka-HURIDEM has faulted the Electoral Commission for not sufficiently fulfilling its mandate. Instead, she says, the Electoral Commission has relinquished its mandate to politicians who are also using the opportunity to amplify their political biases.
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.