Masaka City leaders are demanding validation of road gangs operating in the area over accountability
argue that the city spends huge sums of money to cater for the routine manual road maintenance, but the work is not commensurate with the expenditures.
records, every month Masaka City spends close to 12 million shillings to cater
for routine manual road maintenance activities that include sweeping,
desilting, and clearing bushes along the roads. The money is spent on
90 road gangs and their heads who are paid a monthly salary of 100,000 and
150,000 shillings respectively.
However, the local leadership at both the City and division levels are doubting
the accountability reports, arguing that they do not see value for money in
their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Mulindwa Nakusana and Stephen Lukyamuzi, the Nyendo-Mukungwe, and
Kimanya-Kabonera division chairpersons respectively indicate that the said road
gangs have a thin presence in the areas.
indicates that the expenditure reports presented by the City Works department
do not represent the situation on the ground, raising suspicions that part of
the money could be paid to ghost workers.
Mulindwa, many of the town roads in his area are rarely cleaned as indicated in
the report, and he rarely interfaces with the said road gangs.
also doubts the actual presence of the road gangs in his division indicating
that road cleaning and slashing have always been done through their monthly
community cleaning exercises.
He says that
his office has never been furnished with the records concerning the said teams
and that he only reads about them in reports.
demands that the City Clerk allows the division leadership to carry out
validation of all the said road gangs as well as having their performance
Nannungi, the Masaka City Female Councillor representing Nyendo-Mukungwe
Division, doubts the integrity of accountability reports in regard to
activities executed using the road fund vote.
says it's high time the City undertakes close verification of every aspect of
the accountability reports, demanding that they begin with tasking the office
of the City Engineer to present all the road gangs in person for validation.
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the Masaka City Mayor says that she also wants to physically look at all the
road gangs, threatening that she may block road budget releases for this
quarter should the City Engineer fail to conform to the demands within a week’s
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Augustus Tiribarungi, the Masaka City Principal Engineer denies having ghost
road gangs, arguing that the team is instead still small to do the work to the
satisfaction of everyone. He promises to make an arrangement to call all the
road gangs at present to the leaders.