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Councilor Seeks to Oust Masindi District Chairman over Poor Service Delivery

Balinda accuses Byaruhanga and his executive of failing to monitor and supervise government projects in the district. Balinda argues that the failure to monitor government projects resulted in shoddy works on the construction of a lined pit latrine at Miduma Primary School, the renovation of Kihagani Primary School staff quarters, and boreholes in Kijunjubwa and Kimengo sub-counties that were never constructed.
Cosmas Byaruhanga, the Masindi LC5 Chairperson who is being implicated.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Masindi Central Division councillor Umar Issa Balinda is seeking permission to prepare a motion calling for the resignation of District chairman Cosmas Byaruhanga over poor service delivery.

Balinda accuses Byaruhanga and his executive of failing to monitor and supervise government projects in the district. Balinda argues that the failure to monitor government projects resulted in shoddy works on the construction of a lined pit latrine at Miduma Primary School, the renovation of Kihagani Primary School staff quarters, and boreholes in Kijunjubwa and Kimengo sub-counties that were never constructed.

The irregularities mentioned were recently unearthed by State Minister for Economic Monitoring Peter Ogwang during a visit to Bunyoro sub-region. Balinda says it is unfortunate that the district Chairperson who is supposed to know, supervise and monitor all the government projects being undertaken in the district kept silent when the contractors presented shoddy works.

Balinda is now asking the District Speaker for permission to enable him to prepare and table a motion in the district council demanding the resignation of the Chairperson.  

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Masindi District Speaker Moses Kiirya, however, says he had not yet received Balinda’s request by the time of filing this story on Friday, but confirmed getting a call from him and the clerk to the council informing him about it.  But Byaruhanga said he had received a copy of the letter, although he said the allegations against him are all baseless, malicious and politically motivated.

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During the visit, Ogwang ordered the arrest of nine district officials he accused of corruption and negligence of their duties by failing to supervise the construction of government projects that led to shoddy works and loss of taxpayer’s money.  

The officials include the Municipal engineer John Kasaija, Town Clerk Deo Kabugo, Alfred Onen, the District Water Officer, Geoffrey Nkurunziza, the former acting district Chief Administrative Officer-CAO, Patrick Okise, the District Internal Auditor, Godfrey Byarugaba, the District Procurement Officer and David Baguma, the Masindi Chief Finance Officer. The others are Lameck Atugonza and John Muhumuza.   

Ogwang accuses Kasaija and Kabugo of failing to monitor the construction of Katasenywa Health Centre II in Nyangahya Division where the government injected 490 million Shillings. He also faulted the Masindi District Engineer and his team for doing nothing to stop the shoddy work on Bulima town council administrative block, staff quarters at Kihagani Primary School, and Bwijanga health centre IV in Bwijanga Sub County.