The Ministry of Local government advised the district leadership to relocate the administration offices of the district, to another area outside the city boundaries following the creation of Masaka city in July last year. But the leadership in the sub-counties of Buwunga, Bukakata, Kyesiiga, and Kyannamukaaka, which make up the district are embroiled in a dispute over where the district headquarters should be placed.
According to a letter to addressed to Masaka district leadership, Buganda intends to fully occupy the headquarters accusing the former of deliberate failure to formalize their tenancy in the premises through payment of rent fees to the kingdom as the landlord.
Ssalongo Gerald Kyakulumbye, the Ddimo Landing Defense Secretary, says there is no single government school in the entire parish, which forces learners to walk a very long distance through a thick forest reserve to attend studies.
Paul Kasekende and Rogers Mulindwa, both residents on the landing site, told URN that following the community members have been easing themselves in the nearby forest reserve while some use lake waters.
Dr Nathan Onyaki, the Hospitals Director says that the hospital has more than 49 acres but a big part of this land is currently encroached by squatters, which has affected the hospitals plans for expansion.
The disagreement stems from a letter Jude Mbabaali wrote to the Minister of Education and Sports early this month, protesting the allocation of a 2.12 billion Shillings grant to Turbuk Senior Secondary School, a Muslim founded government-aided school located in Mukungwe Sub County.
Mbabaali says that in 2018, the government earmarked the said funds, part of a donation from the World Bank to construct a seed secondary school in a sub county with none. The district executive committee and council resolved to have the school constructed in Bukakata Sub County.
Masaka district had 400 ungraded pupils in the year 2017, and 478 others in 2016. Results of the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations released this week indicate that at least 307, out of 4,113 students examined in Masaka district, were ungraded and classified under division U.
The chairperson of the committee, Herman Ssentongo says that though one of their terms of reference is to identify all properties of Asians in the district, they cannot fulfil this obligation because they dont know the properties.
Rose Nakyejwe, the Masaka District Environment Officer, says if the current rate of sand mining is not checked, shallow wells, boreholes and other water sources in the district are at risk of drying because of a drop of the water table where sand mining takes place.
Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka District Woman MP expresses fear that the local authorities could be spending public funds on nonexistent road gangs that are meant to carry out regular road maintenance.
Betty Namagembe, the Masaka District Education Officer indicates that community members especially parents are not effectively utilizing the available opportunities to secure education for their children. She explains that many parents are reluctant at provide children with the basic requirements.
The Ministry of Health had offered to construct the first-ever regional Heart Institute at the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to save the patients a burden of seeking treatment from either the national referral hospital in Mulago, Kampala or abroad.