Councilors of Mbale municipal council have censured two members of the executive for alleged incompetence and misconduct. They are Aziz Naswagi, the secretary Works and Physical Planning and Harriet Namalike, the Education and Social Services secretary. The duo was thrown out in a council meeting on Wednesday chaired by Abbey Sulaiman Makwasi, the speaker Mbale municipality. The motion to censure the two officials was tabled by Raymond Kwajja, the councilor Namatala Ward.
In his motion, Kwajja accused Naswagi of failing to monitor a number of council projects such as the rehabilitation of Republic Street and Naboa road, which he said resulted in shoddy work. He also claims that illegal structures have sprung up on Sanitary Lanes, something he blames on the failure by Naswagi to execute his duty. He also faulted Naswagi for failing to report to council about the council tractor, which was auctioned on court orders.
Naswagi was also accused of failing to give a report on the mayor’s vehicle that was involved in an accident in Namutumba. Kwajja also accused Namalike of failing to monitor the education systems in the Municipality leading to poor performance. Makwasi put the matter to a vote. 17 of the 23 councilors who attended the meeting voted to censure the two executive members.
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Naswagi has vowed to challenge the decision on technical grounds. Speaking to Uganda Radio Network shortly after the meeting, Naswagi said the councilors ignored advice from the town clerk who was represented by James Kutosi, the spokesperson Mbale municipality against his censure. Earlier on, Kutosi advised council that the petitioners should have signed the petition in presence of the clerk to council, which they refused to heed to.
He asked them to halt the censure motion until they rephrase the petition in vain. Now, Naswagi argues this is a technical matter that he will use to challenge his censure in court.
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Efforts to get a comment from Namalike were futile as she refused to speak to the press.