Emmanuel Gakyaro, the Masaka Deputy City Clerk, and Martin Kigozi
the City Senior Physical Planner are on the spot over their alleged involvement
in the creation of plots in road reserves.
The Masaka City Roads Committee has unanimously resolved to
formally petition the Inspector General of Government-IGG to investigate the
two officials for alleged abuse of offices and corruption.
The committee which is chaired by the Kimanya-Kabonera Division MP
Abed Bwanika on Friday inspected community access roads within the city, where
they however established that many road reserves had been demarcated into
Some of the affected roads include; Muteesa II, Grant Street,
Kiwalyanga Road, Nalubaale, and Kooki lanes which have been encroached on by
private individuals, some of whom are already undertaking the construction of
buildings within gazetted road reserves.
Trouble started when the two technical officers failed to explain
circumstances under which the private developers secured approved structural
plans for buildings in the road reserves. This infuriated the committee members
before ordering that the two officers be investigated for the negligence of
duty and abuse of office.
Steven Asiimwe, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner proposed that
the two officers step aside from their offices to allow investigations to be
conducted. He argues that it is so unlikely that the road reserves were
sliced into plots without knowledge of the City Clerk and Physical planner.
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Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament also MP for
Nyendo-Mukungwe division, argues that the encroachment in road reserves is a
pointer to underlying gross abuse of office by the selfish City technical team,
practices he says cannot be left unchecked.
Mpuuga said that they have established that the City Council has
lost plenty of its properties through collusion between the technical officers
and property brokers. He said that thorough investigations are done and
culprits are held accountable.
However, in his response the Masaka City Senior Physical Planner
Martin Kigozi denied participating in the irregularities, arguing that the
queried structural plans were approved by his predecessor who retired seven
Kigozi says he is ready to aid the investigations to unearth all
the irregularities in the City properties management and have them rectified.