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Censored Masaka City Speaker Forced Out Of Office :: Uganda Radionetwork

Censored Masaka City Speaker Forced Out Of Office

Ssempija was impeached by the majority of city councilors on grounds of abuse of office, misuse of his authority to suffocate free debate.
Achilles Mawanda, the Masaka City Council Speaker inside the office that was forcefully opened, the team also listed the items found inside

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Tony Ssempija, the former Masaka City Council Speaker has been forced out of office after his refusal  to hand over to his successor. 

Ssempija, the Masaka City Councilor for the Kimanya-Kabonera division was on November 29th last year censored at a special council sitting presided over by Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi and witnessed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Ben Kumumanya.

Ssempija had since declined to hand over the instrument of power including the office space to his successor Achilles Mawanda, who took oath as the new city Speaker.

  However, on Friday evening, a team of city officials led by William Muwanguzi the Senior Law Enforcement Officer forcefully opened the office, which is located on the ground floor at the Mayor’s Chamber along Edward Avenue, and accordingly handed it over Mawanda to perform duties of Speaker.

Muwanguzi noted that they acted on instructions of Vincent Okrut, the City Clerk following his futile efforts to persuade Ssempijja to peacefully handover office.  

Muwanguzi said the Town Clerk had given Ssempijja an ultimatum of up to Friday to hand over the office, but he still failed to comply.

Vincent Ssentongo, a Secretary for the City Social Service Committee, who was among those who witnessed the breaking of the Speaker’s Office, noted that Ssempija carried some of the equipment including among others a computer, furniture, the official attires of the Speaker.

He argues that they were surprised by Ssempija’s action of declining to hand over the office keys, yet he has lately been attending council sittings as an ordinary councilor.

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//Cue in: “kibadde ky’abuswavu….    Cue out: ……tunagenda nabyo eka.”//  

Achilles Mawanda, the new Masaka City Council Speaker noted he is going to reach out to his predecessor in a bid to make peace with him and to resolve the disagreements that led to the censor decision.

Ssempija was impeached by the majority of city councilors on grounds of abuse of office, misuse of his authority to suffocate free debate.

He was also accused of altering council records for selfish interests and neglecting his parental responsibilities hence casting the council in public disrepute. 

Mawanda observes that the former Speaker received his censor with shock, and apparently, he needs to be comforted to accept his fate.  

//Cue in: “kyetwasembeyo okutegeera….

Cue out: …..okuwereza nga kansala.”//

Ssempija accuses the City's leadership of a witch-hunt. He said his censure had been stayed by a Court order issued by the Masaka High Court, but his adversaries went ahead to defy the court and proceeded to irregularly remove him.

He also argues that he challenged his censor through the court of law, but to his surprise, the Town Clerk was pressuring him to hand over before the contention is decided, something he could not tolerate.  

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