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