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.
The disagreement pits Lwengo district Chairman George Mutabaazi against the Resident District Commissioner Jjuuko Kasiita, specifically over the evaluation process and compensation of Project Affected Persons in the area.
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.
Godfrey Mutemba, the District Natural Resources officer said that people with property in wetlands and swamps will not be compensated. Mutemba says that since wetlands and swamps land are owned by government they don’t expect anyone to claim ownership.
Jjuuko Kasiita, the Lwengo District Resident Commissioner indicates that the beneficiaries lack skills to effectively manage the income generating projects. Kasiita explains that some of the groups were created out of excitement and anxiety regardless of their capacity and financial management skills required.
Hajji Ahmed Nyago, the UMSC Electoral Commission Chairperson who oversaw the nomination exercise, thanked the Muslims for being peaceful and supportive to the care taker Kadhi and his team during the tough times after the death of their former Kadhi.
Leaders of the CSOs have indicated that despite the huge investments incurred by the government and development partners in putting up social service facilities, some of them are underutilized and poorly maintained.
The Lwengo district youth council led by their chairperson Ibrahim Kitatta, accuse members of the district executive committee for manipulating the selection process of the beneficiaries, to meet their selfish interests.
A section of councilors led by Musa Mukisa, the Sub County Speaker is resisting a proposal by their chairperson Simeo Ssenkyama to have the headquarters hosted in Byembogo parish. They argue that the decision was not endorsed by the council.
Abud Kabugo Mugendawala, the Ndagwe Sub county LC V councilor, says they are working with local authorities in different parts of the sub county to convince parents to take their children for immunization.
Since August at least six people have been killed in Lwengo in suspected ritual sacrifice. The latest incident occurred last week in Kyamaganda Parish in Kissekka Sub County when unknown people kidnapped and killed an eleven-year-old boy, whose body was recovered on Wednesday with some parts missing.