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Masaka City Makes U-Turn on Takeover of District Headquarters :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka City Makes U-Turn on Takeover of District Headquarters

The city council leadership had planned to relocate its offices to the current district headquarters at Kitabiro cell, Nyendo-Mukungwe division, in line with the guidance by the Attorney General instructing the leadership of mother districts whose headquarters had been swallowed in the boundaries of the newly created cities, to find alternative sites for their administrative offices.
A structure accomodating some of offices of Masaka district local government which the City intends to takeover

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The leadership of Masaka City council has rescinded its position to take over the headquarters of the Masaka district Local Government for its administrative offices.

The city council leadership had planned to relocate its offices to the current district headquarters at Kitabiro cell, Nyendo-Mukungwe division, in line with the guidance by the Attorney General instructing the leadership of mother districts whose headquarters had been swallowed in the boundaries of the newly created cities, to find alternative sites for their administrative offices.

According to the circular, such immovable assets were supposed to be handed over to the City administration to support their startup as the districts mobilized to get new properties. But Masaka District Chairperson Andrew Lukyamuzi Batemyetto mobilized district councillors to block attempts by the Masaka City Planner to survey the land for purposes of remodelling the current district headquarters for eventual takeover.

He also threatened to vandalize any equipment taken on site and harm personnel, should the city insist on taking over what he described as their hard-earned properties without being compensated, a move which sparked off sharp misunderstandings between the two administrative units.

Masaka City Mayor Florence Namayanja has now backtracked on the position saying they have identified alternative land where they will construct the city headquarters. Namayanja says that they have chosen to first, stay away from destructive political fights within the district and begin to construct new city headquarters.

She explains that they decided to reawaken the plans of the predecessor leadership of the former Masaka Municipal Council mooting for the construction of new administrative headquarters, for which they mobilized close to 2 billion shillings in 2020.

Namayanja however adds that they are still looking up to the current premises of Masaka district headquarters for other development purposes, should the Ministry of Local Government resolve the apparent impasse by upholding the guidance of the Attorney General.

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On the other hand, Namayanja says the City has also found it necessary to covert part of the Golf Course land to re-establish the Mayor’s Gardens which were sold off to a private developer by the former leaders of Masaka Municipal Council. Namayanja says that she intends to leave a legacy beautiful city that accords respect to nature and the preservation of public green spaces.

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Nevertheless, Andrew Lukyamuz Batemyetto, the Masaka L.CV Chairperson says they will hold onto all their assets and safeguard them from any encroachment unless the district is compensated, to enable it to acquire new properties.         

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