Several group members claim that they were promised to receive and have full control of the funds by the district leaders after fulfilling all the requirements, but are instead directed to form and register their groups under SACCOs at the Sub-county level.
About 80 workers who have been serving at Mukono General Hospital prior to its elevation from Health Center IV to a general hospital are now required to sign appointment letters placing them under the district.
Ritah Nakandi, the Infection Prevention and Control-IPC Focal Person at Mukono General Hospital, says they have severally appealed to the authorities to provide them with sufficient PPE and other related requirements in vain.
Ahead of the official closure of nominations on October 1, scores of aspirants for local council positions flocked the centre today, in a rush to beat the deadline. Many of them were accompanied by hundreds of supporters, crowding the nomination centre, in contravention of the COVID-19 guidelines issued by both the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health.
The vetting process which started last week, on Tuesday had to close on Sunday with the declaration of winners. However, participants in the municipality have since been waiting for results until today when they were told that the process was marred by irregularities which affected the outcome.
Previously, the district was conducting nominations at the district Electoral Commission offices. However, another office has now been established at Nakifuma sub-county headquarters. The main centre is now handling candidates from Mukono South, North, Aspirants for the District leadership position, and the municipality whereas the new centre is handling candidates from Nakifuma County.
The candidates stormed the tallying desk demanding that the district registrar Benon Ssekanyo halts the declaration process until their complaints were rectified. Complaints included alteration of results and declaration of candidates who did not win.
Nkata also accuses the municipality for declining to transfer funds to the hospital bank account managed by the Medical Superintendent Dr Geoffrey Kasirye who reports directly to him and instead want the funds to be controlled on Health Center IV account.
Most of the said illegal developments have taken place in the Central division areas of Ntaawo, Lweza, Ggulu and Kasangalabi, Buwangi and Nantabulirwa in Goma division. They include land demarcation, land, change of construction plans and erection of new houses in various areas, including wetlands.
The abattoir, sitting on 40 acres of land at Kyetume trading centre near the Uganda Railway Corporation inland container depot in Mukono, was set up in the 1960s. At the time, it housed the biggest slaughterhouse and a cattle market in the Central region.
The leadership of the district at the time hoped that the equipment will provide a lasting solution to water scarcity in the area. Their plan was to also use the equipment as another source of revenue for the district by hiring it out to other local governments if they planned to drill boreholes in their areas.
Bakaluba, who is now contesting for the District Chairman’s seat, says his eyes were opened after training in local governance in Tokyo, Japan, two years ago, where he was introduced to the concept of people power in developing communities.
Despite a ban on open-air campaigns, in the wake of the Coronavirus disease, aspirants are holding the campaign drives across the district. But the absence of a proper campaigning program for the National Resistance Movement-NRM party aspirants is activating fights between various political camps.
Two of the other patients are from Seeta, while the others are from Katosi and Mukono Central Division, where according to Mulindwa, medical teams are working with community leaders and security intelligence to trace them.
The Leaders from Mukono, Buikwe, Kayunga and Buvuma districts have noted that their superiors only appear during the election period and disappear once they are elected into office, leaving the district party offices struggling to operate. They add that districts need to be funded to run community mobilization activities and maintain grass-roots offices.
Many of them attest that they have not attended any of the virtual programmes offered through Radio, TV and online, due to lack of interest and appeal. Instead, they accompany their parents and friends to the mine, where they are involved in digging, lifting and loading sand on trucks, as a money-making venture.