On Thursday, Melichiudes Kazwengye, the Ibanda LC V chairperson tabled a motion before the district seeking approval to allocated a plot of 150 by 150 feet to NWSC for the establishment of offices and a service center to cater for Ibanda, Kamwenge and Kiruhura district.
The proposed allocation of a piece of land to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC has split Ibanda district council. On Thursday, Melichiudes Kazwengye, the Ibanda LC V chairperson tabled a motion before the district seeking approval to allocated a plot of 150 by 150 feet to NWSC for the establishment of offices and a service center to cater for Ibanda, Kamwenge and Kiruhura district.
Kazwengye explained that he received a September 7th 2016 letter signed by Edith Katete on behalf of Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director NWSC requesting them to allocate them land along the Ibanda-Kamwenge road in exchange for their current offices. The request spilt district councilors into those in favor of the request and those opposed to it.
David Igira, the representative of the elderly opposed the proposal, saying the district had also donated the land currently hosting the NWSC offices. According to Igira, NWSC should instead pay for the land to contribute to the coffers of the district. He also argued that the current premises of NWSC offices are small and of a lesser value compared to their land.
Odet Asiimire, the female councilor Kicheche sub county, also opposed the request and wondered why NWSC is rushing to acquire the land the structures they want to exchange with the district is valued. But Amon Mwijukye, the Rusheshe sub county LCV councilor supports the proposal to allocate land to NWSC, saying the project is vital for the development of the district and cannot be taken for granted.
Elias Tumubweine, the Ibanda District Youth councilor, says his colleague have failed to understand that the structures they will receive in exchange for the land can also generate income for them. Due to the disagreements among the councilors, the speaker, Herbert Happy Mayanja decided to forward the matter to the Works Committee to establish the current value of the land and house and report back to council in the next sitting.