Residents Rough Up Chairperson Over Shoddy Works

Flavia Kabatsi, a resident of Bombo central zone says that they are now living in fear because floods have soaked their houses.

Audio 1

There was drama in Bombo town council on Thursday morning after angry residents roughed up Aisha Ndagire, the LC 3 chairperson accusing her of conniving with technical staff to embezzle government funds. The angry residents stormed Ndagire’s home and dragged her to UEB-Nsubuga road in Bombo town council. They tasked her to explain the whereabouts of the 19.4 million shillings budgeted for repairing the road. Umar Ssengendo, the councilor for Namaliga parish explains that in the 2012/2013 financial year, the town council allocated 19.4 million shillings to grade and fix culverts on UEB-Nsubuga and Ssenfuma-Jjemba roads.

The culverts were installed early this month but they caved in a few days later because they were substandard. Ssengendo says that he tried to query the shoddy work but he was dragged to police by the town clerk Lydia Nabaasa on allegations of inciting violence. Flavia Kabatsi, a resident of Bombo central zone says that they are now living in fear because floods have soaked their houses. Kabatsi accuses the LC 3 chairperson of conniving with the town clerk and engineer to embezzle funds meant for the project. Shaban Katongole, another resident claims that town council workers installed the culverts at night and used less cement than what was budgeted for.

Katongole says that they have been complaining on why the town council workers execute their duties at night without any response from the top town council officials because of their personal interests in the works. Geoffrey Kasagga, a resident of Bombo West tasked the LC 3 chairperson to explain what she has done to stop shoddy works. Dressed in yellow and black dress Ndagire admitted that the road was poorly done but denied playing any role in the road works. She instead blamed Lydia Nabaasa, the town clerk of Bombo town council over the shoddy works.

// Cue in:``its true there……..

     Cue out……and take action.’’//

However, Ndagire’s explanations fell on deaf ears. Residents threatened to beat her up forcing the LC 3 chairperson to flee for dear life with the help of her aides.  The residents vowed to stage another protest and lock the town council offices unless the authorities redo the works before Monday next week. Lydia Nabaasa, the Bombo town clerk has not yet commented on the concerns raised by the residents as she couldn't be reached by our reporter.

 In February 2013, Sebastian Ssebagala the LC 111 chairperson of Wobulenzi town council was rescued by enforcement officers after a group of councilors and residents attempted to attack him over shoddy works.