At the centre of the growing controversy is the municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba, who prefers to extend into the urban areas that fall under Lwengo and Kalungu districts, a proposal that Masaka LCV Chairperson Jude Mbabali is against.
A Health Worker at Byansi Clinic told URN on condition in anonymity that Ssemwogere went to the facility on Tuesday morning for a health checkup. He however, says they were surprised when his employees rushed him to the same facility in the evening after suffering a heart attack.
In April, government donated 2 mortuary refrigerators to Masaka hospital at Shillings 70 million each. Dr. Onyachi has asked Masaka municipality to replace at the attendants in the municipal mortuary since those deployed by the hospital have relocated to the new facility.
The government is constructing a modern market in Masaka municipality at a cost of 17 billion Shillings under phase two of the Markets and Agricultural Improvement Program project-MATIP II. The project is funded by the African Development Bank-ADB.
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.
Agnes Namwanje, one of the affected vendors, says their eviction is meant to push them out of business since the places they are asking them to relocate to are always dark and dirty due to lack of lights. He says most of the affected vendors sell food, which they can’t sell in a dirty environment.
The municipal authorities hastily switched on all streetlights prior to the president’s visit. But the glow did not last, invoking angry reactions from the residents, and the business community. Today, the streets are dark and seemingly isolated.
He says that the project is being implemented under the program dubbed south west cluster projects which have several components of developing water supply extension program and environment management among others.
Edward Kabuye, the Principal Administrator Masaka Regional Referral Hospital told URN on Monday morning that the only incinerator in the hospital broke down two years ago, which has forced them to resort to burning the medical waste that he says is costly.
Speaking shortly after the Sunday service at St Paul Cathedral at Kako, Kabaka Mutebi indicated the much-desired elevation to Masaka into a city is long overdue, given the fact that it is one of the traditional municipalities in the country.
In a letter addressed to Masaka municipal council signed by George Williams Bizibu, the Executive Secretary of the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board, the board decided to withdraw temporary ownership granted to a businessman Emanuel Lwasa after establishing that Lwasa submitted forged documents to claim ownership of the building.
Masaka Kitabiro Public Library was established in 2000, by Reverend Father Peter Bakka, to serve mainly students from low-income families and teachers from poorly facilitated schools around Masaka district.
Martin Kigozi, the Masaka Municipality Physical Planner says they are looking forward to opening up all the demarcated community access roads in the area as well expanding the existing ones to their original sizes.
Masaka has for quite some time been yearning to be elevated to a city status but recently the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development excluded it from the list of those prospective cities over failure to meet the minimum requirements.
Steven Olowo, an Urban Planner at the Ministry of Land and Urban Development, revealed during a stakeholders meeting held at Masaka mayor’s chambers on Monday, to review the performance of phase one projects that were implemented in the area.
According to Olow0, their high level evaluations on Masaka’s performance of first phase of funding have showed better results, thereby qualifying the municipality to another set of funding.