Cyrus Baker Ssempijja, the Mpigi District Finance Secretary, says that the fracas started as they gathered to set up and formulate committees to open up accounts for PDM. He described Kasule and his group as enemies of the government and development and warned the public against efforts to fail the arrangement.
Mousa Wamala, an elders representative of the Masaka City Development Forum; a platform of stakeholders who act as a linkage between the leadership and the local community, says that despite its current population of close to 350,000 people, Masaka city is geographically demarcated into only 25 parishes, that will translate into low financial allocations.
Charles Bisaso, a landlord along Kiwoko road, says that he has been paying Shillings 80,000 annually in property rates. He, however, says that tax has more than doubled to Shillings 630,000 after the assessment, which is abnormal.
Christopher Saazi, the Executive Director of Nile Fishing Company that partners with Yamaha Motor Company says that the new bikes are cost-effective to manage as one uses only a litre of fuel to run for 85 kilometers while a litre of engine oil covers 4,000 kilometers.
In Hoima district, 840 million shillings were received to facilitate the operations of the parish development model but Charles Kajura, the district focal person for the Programme says they could not disburse it to the various parishes over a lack of implementation guidelines. In Bukwo district, Resident District Commissioner Hashaka Mpimbaza says that Chief Administrative Officer has failed to disclose how much funds were disbursed for the programme.
The project worth Shillings 18.06 billion was funded by a loan from the African Development Bank-ADB. The three-storeyed market was according to the contract agreement meant to be handed over by November 2019.
The multi-billion project undertaken by Oryem-Can Co. Ltd comprises a multi-purpose council hall, different administrative offices, LC V Chairperson’s chambers, and procurement and production officers among others.
The Minister Raphael Magyezi has also directed the Mbarara Central Market Vendors Association leadership chaired by Muhammed Nyombi to stop its operations and also halted the process of verifying lists until investigations are complete.
Edith Lule, a councillor representing Kalisiizo ward to Kalisiizo Sub county, indicates that they are currently gambling with local government procedures and the governing legal framework, which compromises both the quality of debates and their ability to supervise technical staff.
Last week the Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi directed the city leaders to display the list of the rightful vendors. He said that the rightful vendors are those that were initially in the old market before the reconstruction started in 2017.
The construction of the 21 Billion Shillings four-storeyed market located along Buremba Road is expected to accommodate about 3,000 traders started in July 2017 after more than 700 vendors were relocated to Independence Park to pave way for constructions has taken four years to complete.
Eling also accused the CAO of mismanaging the coffee seeding distribution exercise in the district, mismanagement the issue of land for the construction of Aduku seed SS, failure to address the welfare of the council and challenging the powers of the Executive on budgeting in the media among others.
The structure, its foundation has already been laid in the first phase is expected to be complete in the next five years using funds from the Discretionary Development Equalization Grant- DDEG. The three storey building, if completed will host 67 offices including council hall.