However, Abel Ssembajjwe, the Masaka City Assistant Engineer, explains that due to challenges in maintaining the lights due to high power bills, the City Council decided in 2019 to uninstall all the LED lights until a more sustainable solution was found.
Rogers Bulegeya, the Masaka City Male Youth representative seconded the motion, indicating that they have registered numerous public complaints about the conduct of officials of the buildings review committee, who are accused of corruption.
In September, a section of Masaka City Councillor embarked on the process to impeach Ssempijja, accusing him of tampering with official court records, highhandedness while executing his duties, misusing his authority to mistreat councilors, exerting undue dominance over them and neglecting his parental responsibility.
Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor, says that both the technical and political leadership have unanimously resolved to instruct all property owners to work out plans for improving the outlook of their buildings, beginning with the central business area.
The canceled land title is located on Elgin Road in Masaka Town; measuring measures 2.17 acres whose ownership has been under dispute between Masaka City Council and the family of late Francis Kakumba which also claims to have acquired the same land in 2011.
According to Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Mukungwe Division Chairperson, the majority of property owners are not meeting their property tax obligations, which has contributed to a significant deficit in local revenue collections in the city.
The city council leadership had planned to relocate its offices to the current district headquarters at Kitabiro cell, Nyendo-Mukungwe division, in line with the guidance by the Attorney General instructing the leadership of mother districts whose headquarters had been swallowed in the boundaries of the newly created cities, to find alternative sites for their administrative offices.
According to Namayanja, the lights do not meet the quality specifications in the contract documents and therefore cannot produce the preferred light to serve the intended purpose. She says that compared to other existing solar-powered streetlights that were earlier installed in the city, the new ones produce very low light, yet they are expected to be brighter.
Rogers Buregyeya, the Chairperson of the Finance and Administration sectoral committee accuses the technical staff of deliberately frustrating the work of his committee by declining to attend any of its statutory meetings despite being served with formal invitations.
According to Mulindwa, at least five solar streetlights have been vandalized within one month, and efforts to arrest the culprits have not yielded positive results. The vandalized lights are in Bulayi and Kitenga cells in the Nyendo-Mukungwe division and Kitanga cell in the Kimanya-Kabonera division.
According to the assets inventory by the Acting City Principal Treasurer Harriet Nakafeero, at least 35 known public properties that include pieces of land and buildings cannot have their certificates of ownership traced in the city storage system. They include the Mayor’s Chambers, Public Health and Education department offices, and Nyendo public market,
The 18.05 billion Shillings modern market was constructed under the second phase of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program-MATIP II, which was funded by a loan from the African Development Bank-ADB. The three-storied market has 761 stalls and 89 lockups
The speaker had called the council session to discuss quarterly reports by the different committees as well as to consider resolutions of the executive committee on the intervention towards preventing the spread of the Ebola virus in the area.
Last month, Kimanya-Kabonera Division council considered a motion for the degazettement of Kkumbu Forest Reserve, arguing that it was improper to continue preserving a forest in the middle of settlements where it has become a breeding ground for insecurity.
Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor says that the low staffing levels are affecting key departments that include; Physical Planning and Housing, Community Development, Agriculture and Production, Natural Resources and Environment, and Works and Engineering