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Mbale Voters Set Benchmarks for Potential Leaders :: Uganda Radionetwork

Mbale Voters Set Benchmarks for Potential Leaders

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Voters in Mbale Municipality have set benchmarks for candidates aspiring to contest for the 2011 national elections.

The voters want the aspirants to address specific issues if they are to be elected.

For those aspiring to contest for the position of mayor, the voters say the aspirant should be a person who has property around town so that he is not tempted to steal public funds.

Six people have declared their intention to contest for the Mbale mayoral seat and have even gone a step further to print and distribute posters.

The contestants are Jamila Naleba the acting Mbale Mayor, Waswa Masokoi, Habib Wambede, Dr. Netuwa Musamali, Hilda Nadunga and Alfred Magomu.

But Zadok Masaba, a resident of Senior Qauarters ward, says none of the six is fit for the mayors office.

According to Masaba a mayor should be some body who is wealthy and respected with in the town. Massaba says such a wealthy person if elected a mayor will even sacrifice a portion of his wealth to provide services to the people.

Dan Masaba, another resident says most of the aspirants have been councilors but they did nothing to deliver services in the town. He wonders what the councilors want to deliver by contesting for the mayoral seat.

Peter Namayisi, says the aspirants should focus on delivering services like roads, water and health in the municipality. He cites Wanale road as one of the roads that has been neglected.

Caroline Nafongo, of Indian Quarters, says the ideal candidate should be someone who will spear head the rehabilitation of roads in the town. She says Majanga road has for the last four years been rendered impassable, despite the fact that some of the councilors also reside in the area.

But Rogers Kimaswa, a former Secretary for Finance in Mbale Municipal council, blames poor delivery of services in the town on corruption in the award of tenders.

He claims the procurement committee awards tenders to councilors and technocrats who use proxy companies. Kiamaswa says this has compromised the quality of service delivery because the same people who are supervising are the owners of the companies.

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