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Masaka City Building Review Committee Reshuffled Over Corruption Tendencies

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.
Masaka City Mayor Florence Namayanja, reading the motion to reshuffle the City Building Review Committee

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The Masaka City Council Building Review Committee has been reshuffled over continued public outcry of misuse of powers in the execution of its responsibilities. 

The committee was reshuffled on Monday by the Masaka City Council, which voted to reconstitute it by dropping Alice Nannungi as its Chairperson, accusing her of abetting corruption tendencies.

The motion to drop Nnanungi who also serves as the Female City Councillor for Nyendo-Mukungwe division, was tabled by Masaka City Mayor Florence Namayanja, and approved by the majority of councilors.

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. 

Besides fleecing people of huge sums of money before having their physical development plans approved to undertake any constructions, he says, the committee is also accused of frustrating developments by some investors who decline to bribe its members and agents.

 

Bulegyeya indicates they have repeatedly cautioned Nnanungi against the corruption tendencies, and called her to order, but she has deliberately remained indifferent, hence prompting councilors to appeal to the Mayor to invoke her powers to reshuffle the committee. 

He blames some members of the building review committee for turning the office into a conduit of self-enrichment through soliciting bribes and charging hefty plan approval fees, which they however do not report to the city council treasury.

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The City Building Review Committee is established under the National Building Reviews Act 2013, and is charged with the responsibility of regulating and reviewing the approved structural plans and occupation permits, to ensure that all constructions conform to the standards of urbanization.

Rosette Nansubuga, the Masaka City Couth Female Youth Councilor told the council that the committee chairperson had usurped powers of other members including the technical persons, which allowed her the opportunity to misuse the powers entrusted to the committee.  

She argues that dropping the Committee Chairperson is going to help restore sanity in the city buildings' review and control processes. 

Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor noted that besides public complaints, the committee chairperson was also due for reshuffling after serving for the statutory term of two and half years.

She says the changes are intended to streamline the delivery of services in the city and to build cordial relationships between the leadership and the community.

Besides Nannungi who was replaced by Resty Mwanje, the city councillor for Mukungwe, the council also approved the new city executive by confirming Jane Francis Nabukenya and the Deputy Mayor, Tom Luyobya as Secretary for Finance and Rosette Nansubuga as the Secretary for Gender and Social Services.

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However, Nannungi said that she has considered challenging the changes in Courts of law, arguing that her appointment had been renewed by a decision taken in a council presided over by the previous Masaka City Council Speaker Tonny Ssempij before he was censured late last month.