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Masaka Officials Clash Over Interim City Leadership :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka Officials Clash Over Interim City Leadership

Mbabali argues that the current municipal council lacks physical planning structure for a city, arguing that at the moment the responsibility is vested in the district leadership until a substantive structure is fully constituted. He says they will soon call for a stakeholder’s meeting to brief them about their position.
At the Centre of Controversy; Masaka Municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba (L) and L.CV Chairperson Jude Mbabali who both want to become interim leaders of Masaka City

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The elevation of Masaka Municipality to city status has stirred a sharp controversy over the proposed composition of its interim leadership.  The controversy pits Masaka LC V Chairperson, Jude Mbabali against the Mayor, Godfrey Kayemba.  

Parliament approved the creation of six new cities including Jinja, Mbarara, Gulu, Mbale, Masaka and Fort Portal to be operationalized on July 1st this year.  The new administrative units are expected to constitute interim administrations that will run their affairs until substantive leaders are elected.

This has triggered a conflict between Masaka LC V Chairperson, Jude Mbabali and the Mayor, Godfrey Kayemba. Citing Section 13 (d) of the Local Government Act, which mandates the district chairperson to monitor and coordinate lower local government activities in the district, Mbabali says the current district council is better placed to lead the city in the interim.   

He also reveals that to fulfill the required geographical size to become a city, Masaka municipality extended its boundaries into two sub counties thereby usurping the powers of the district that is legally mandated to oversee all lower local governments.

Mbabali argues that the current municipal council lacks physical planning structure for a city, arguing that at the moment the responsibility is vested in the district leadership until a substantive structure is fully constituted.  He says they will soon call for a stakeholder’s meeting to brief them about their position. 

 

However, the Mayor Godfrey Kayemba has described Mbabali as a daydreamer who is being misguided by selfish interest. Kayemba says essentially, the creation of the new cities was premised on motions generated by municipal councils and wonders what the district has to do with the leadership of the new structure.  

       

He explains that by default the current municipal leadership will take up the interim city leadership up-to elections time.  

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  The Local Government Minister, Raphael Magyezi has cautioned local leaders to desist from clashing over the interim city leadership, saying the ministry will soon come up with appropriate guidance on the matter.