The district council passed a resolution to throw out the executive committee members on February 18, 2022, accusing them of secretly passing a supplementary budget worth over 1.5 billion Shillings without involving the councillors.
According to Godfrey Kimbugwe, the Rakai District Community Development Officer-CDO, various communities across the district especially in hard-to-reach communities such as Kacheera, Kyarulangira, Ntantamuki town council, are still ignorant about the program.
A letter dated March 1, 2022, addressed to William Mamara, the Rakai Chief Administrative Officer, by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary –Benjamin Kumumanya, indicates that Magyezi seeks to meet the district council to deliberate on the same issue for the good of the district.
the Rakai CAO, William Kamara, says that the resolution did not follow the right procedure, which makes it illegal.
He says that the councillors acted out of anger when debating the matter and passed the motion without giving the accused chance to defend themselves.
The families sight numerous irregularities that were concealed by New Plan Ltd and ICS Engineering and Environment Ltd during the valuation process and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) when information about the people to be compensated was displayed in public places.
The decision to censure the officials follows a petition signed by 16 out of 34 councilors accusing the members of alleged abuse of office, withholding information about the budget, and misconduct. The executive members are accused of passing a supplementary budget of 1.5 Billion Shillings without the knowledge of the councilors.
17 out of 34 councilors have petitioned the District Council Speaker seeking to censure the committee members for misconduct. The members are Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, the Rakai LCV Chairperson, Patrick Nuwabine Karakwende, the LCV Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary for production, Chris Lujumba, the Secretary for Finance, Esther Mugarura, the Secretary for Health and Gender, and Derrick Tusubira, the Secretary for Education.
Yasin Mwanje, the Kateera LCI chairperson says they suspect that he was on his way home when he staggered and fell in the pit where he died. The men who were contracted to dig the pit had gone to check on its status following a heavy rain when they saw Rwaheru's body. They notified residents who immediately invited police to the scene.
Joseph Mugumya, the Fisheries Officer In-charge of Kooki County, says the campaign
comes at the time the district is struggling to restock Lake Kijanebarola with
different fish species mainly the Nile tilapia.
Currently, pupils in these schools improvise with papyrus mats, timber, car tyres, and bricks while others sit on bare ground. According to Moses Baryamutuha, the headmaster of Kyabigondo Primary School, Ddwaniro, they do not have a single desk for learners in the nursery section and lower Primary sections.
Judith Nabisere, one of the affected residents, says that the closure of the landing site has worsened the misery of her life. She explains that she used to cook food and her clients were mainly fishermen but most of them relocated to other landing sites.
The 7 billion Shillings project measuring over one kilometre long and about 200 meters wide was meant to provide sufficient water for domestic use, irrigation, cattle and other purposes in various villages, parishes and Kagamba, Lwamaggwa and Ddwaniro sub-counties.
According to Ssaku, the elections collided with his examinations, which couldn’t enable him to stay around for the voting. He, however, says that he counted on his trusted agents and party leaders to help him in his absentia.
Joseph Mwebe, the Presiding Officer Kifamba Sub County, attributed the delay to a lack of voters. He said that the polling officials and voting materials were delivered earlier, but voting could not start.
According to the affected residents and local leaders, their hope for the lake to return has reduced since the water has kept on diminishing. They say that more than 50 cows and 40 pigs have died due to lack of water.