The Mpigi RDC, Faridah Mayanja says that the village leaders have the powers to stop an eviction from land and destruction of property.
Mpigi RDC Ms Faridah Mayanja (Left infront) with other district leaders handing over bicycles to LCI leaders.
Council leaders in Mpigi District have been asked to block illegal land
RDC, Faridah Mayanja says that the village leaders have the powers to stop an
eviction from land and destruction of property.
that it is disturbing for an LCI chairperson to call the RDC for help citing
that they have been overpowered.
“If you feel
not confident enough, should we give you letters of confirmation from the RDC’s
office? This will make everyone respect a decision of a chairperson be it
decline to accept a person from settling in their respective areas,” said Mayanja.
speaking during the handover ceremony of bicycles to 339 village leaders and 56
the government procured bicycles for villages and parish chairpersons hardly a
decade after it lost more than Shillings 4.7 billion due to fraud.
Mayanja warned the leaders against discrimination on
basis of political ideology or religion saying that the government is
promoting democracy and respect for human dignity to ease people's way of life.
Local Council leaders accused the government of undermining by giving them
Kyobutungi, the Chairperson of Kigwanyi Village said that the chairpersons
should have received motorcycles since they traverse the villages. She also
says that sometimes transport sick people to health facilities.
been working and doing activities that promote government because most their
work starts from the grass root. So much of the big government programs like
transport should start from the village level,” said Kyobutungi.
She also suggested
that government should consider revising the monthly payment to Local council
leaders to at least Shillings 400,000 from 100,000 Shillings.
Kyabaggu, the Chairperson for Kyasanku Village said that some leaders deserve more
than a bicycle because they have served for decades.
District Chief Administrative Officer, Moses Kanyarutokye said that
arrangements have been finalized to implement the parish development model in
the district and that the LCI leaders are key stakeholders for its success.