Masaka city authorities
are struggling to deliver services due to lack of funds.
The Town Clerk, John
Behangane disclosed this reporter while responding to concerns of poor service
delivery especially waste management in the city.
It stems from protests residents of Nyendo, a Masaka city
suburb over uncollected heaps of garbage in their area.
According to Behangane, since July when the
Masaka was elevated from a municipality to city status, they haven’t been able
to access funds to offer services to city dwellers.
He explains that despite securing funds under Uganda
Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID project they can’t
utilise the funds without proper guidance from the government.
says the delay to change their vote from the municipality to city council has
affected service delivery.
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Godfrey Kayemba, the Interim Masaka City Mayor, says the delay to change their
vote has greatly impacted on service delivery in the young city. He says they currently can’t conduct any
business since they can’t pay the councillors their allowances.
Sirage Luyima, the Masaka City Finance Committee Chairperson, says since July
last year council sittings have been on hold and since then the new city has
been struggling to deliver services without funds.
Vincent Kasumba, the chairperson Masaka Development Forum,
says since the political season set in all leaders abandoned their
responsibilities. He, however, says that he is hopeful that things will change since
the political season is over.
to Kasumba, he has received several complaints from residents of Nyendo about
the heaps of uncollected garbage that is rotting on the streets and their pleas
to the authorities haven’t yielded results.
Kasumba has asked locals to conduct
community service to keep their areas clean as they wait for the city
authorities to come to their rescue.