When contacted, Dr Bateganya, the medical superintendent Masindi hospital said he was under instructions from the district chairperson not to allow any development by MANET members.
Wilson Isingoma Mugimba, the Masindi LC V chairperson has vowed to block Masindi News Network-MANET, a social media group from constructing a latrine at Masindi hospital. Recently, MANET, through its executive director Jonathan Akweteireho launched a campaign to raise money to construct a latrine at Masindi hospital after the collapse of the one that was in use. MANET raised shs7.96million in cash and pledges from its members.
However, Mugimba says he will not allow MANET to construct the latrine saying they are anti government and critical of Masindi district local government, a claim they vehemently deny. Mugimba claims that Masindi district has already allocated shs15million for the construction of a pit latrine to cater for the outpatient department adding that, government has also earmarked 2.5 billion shillings to overhaul the entire hospital in the new financial.
When contacted, Dr Bateganya, the medical superintendent Masindi hospital said he was under instructions from the district chairperson not to allow any development by MANET members. The instructions by the LC V chairperson contradict an earlier statement by his vice Kanaginagi Ateenyi, who directed Lamarck Atugonza, the Masindi district engineer to show MANET a site for the construction of a pit latrine at the OPD saying the district doesn’t have money.
On Tuesday, Atugonza handed over to Jonathan Akweteiireho, the MANET executive director a plan of a six stance pit latrine at Masindi hospital. One of the prominent members of MANET is Stephen Birija, the former Masindi LCV chairperson
who is believed to have formed a political party FREE-UUS in Diaspora, which is said to recruit members through MANET.
The Masindi News Network (MANET)
is a closed Facebook group with 5, 122 members at time of going to press. MANET aims to bring into contact with each other journalists working in Masindi, a town in Western Uganda.
MANET founder and administrator Jonathan Akweteireho launched the drive to raise funds for the construction of a new pit latrine at Masindi Hospital’s Out Patient's Department on May 17. The group has also announced plans to raise 500 million shillings for a Bunyoro University project. The drive is expected to last three years.