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Nansana Municipality Crisis: Ministry Institutes Investigations, Reopens Offices

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Jackie Kiiza Kemigisha, the Principal Urban Officer in the Local Government Ministry, said the meeting came up with four resolutions and resolved to implement them with immediate effect in the interest of better service delivery in the municipality.
Andrew Otim Kibwota, the commissioner in charge of urban inspections, to lead investigations into Nansana Municipality crisis.

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The Local Government Ministry has reopened the offices of Nansana Municipality and commenced investigations into the dispute between the political and technical wings. 

The Principal Urban Officer in the Local Government Ministry, Jackie Kiiza Kemigisha ordered the Nanasana Municipal council offices reopened on Wednesday evening hours after they were closed by the Mayor, Regina Bakitte.      

The Mayor decided to close the offices on Tuesday evening after a group of councilors backed by some technical staff forcefully evicted the town clerk for alleged financial impropriety and maladministration, which they said is hurting service delivery. 

Bakitte asked the Local Government Ministry to take over the offices in the interim.  However, Local Government Ministry officials accused the mayor of overstepping her mandate, saying the ministry lacks mandate to take over the offices. 

The ministry officials convened a crisis meeting involving security officers, staff representatives, and political leaders on Wednesday evening to try and end the stalemate.  Jackie Kiiza Kemigisha, the Principal Urban Officer in the Local Government Ministry, said the meeting came up with four resolutions and resolved to implement them with immediate effect in the interest of better service delivery in the municipality. 

She observes that the main resolution was to have the municipal offices reopened as soon as possible to ensure that residents don’t fell victims of the ongoing woes.  Kemigisha said they also resolved to set a team of the investigator to look into several allegations leveled against some personalities in the municipality. 

 

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Andrew Otim Kibwota, the Commissioner in Charge of Urban Inspections, notes that the probe team will embark on investigations soon.

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Kibwota says that although he would like to have an open mind as he embarks on the investigations, he thinks some of the allegations are politically motivated. The inspector further notes that during his routine inspection of urban authorities, he hadn’t spotted any red flags in Nansana Municipality.    

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It should be noted that there have been numerous complaints of shoddy works and lack of accountability in the Nansana Municipality since last year. 

In October last year, the Nansana Municipality Member of Parliament, Robert Kasule Sebunya petitioned the Inspectorate of Government to look into the complaints.  

Available information also show that the Inspector General of Government has since written to the Auditor General requesting a special audit into the affairs of the Municipality, which will form the basis of her action.

Kibwota says that although they are carrying independent investigations, they will not bar any other government agencies that may pick interest in the matter.     

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However, several councilors led by Balinnya Kivumbi are criticizing the ministry’s decision to reopen the offices, saying that some of the implicated officials may interfere with the evidence.  

 

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Two technocrats in the accounts department were picked up on allegations of tampering with computers in their offices.