During the meeting, the Committee Chairperson, Musa Kasaija asked members to speak freely on why the municipality has failed to realize local revenue collection so that that they can find e solutions to the problem.
The Mbale Mayor,
Mutwalib Zandya has clashed with Authur Mugwa, the Chief Law Enforcement
Officer in Charge of Northern Division over the alleged sale of Kumi road Taxi
It all started in a meeting convened by the by Mbale Municipality Stakeholders
Committee dubbed “Transformation” held on Monday.
During the meeting, the
Committee Chairperson, Musa Kasaija asked members to speak freely on why the
municipality has failed to realize local revenue collection so that that they can
find e solutions to the problem.
In his response, Mugwa accused some leaders of frustrating their efforts to decongest Mbale-Kumi
road of taxis.
He claimed that taxi drivers have refused to vacate Kumi road to
create space for street parking, saying they have nowhere to go because the
taxi park was sold to developers.
Mugwa told the meeting
that he has copies of running leases given to people who own plots in the park,
which didn’t go down well with the mayor.
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Lawrence Mucunguzi, another Law Enforcement Officer, said taxi
park drivers have since told them that they can’t relocate from the street and
want the municipal officials to show them where to operate from.
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However, the Mayor Mutwalib
Zandya couldn’t have any of this. He warned Mucunguzi against misleading the
meeting with his baseless claims, saying the law enforcement team has failed in
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Aziz Naswagi, the North South Central Ward councilor also
said the Mbale Municipal Law enforcement team has lost public trust and
resorted to fabricating lies against the municipal leadership.
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He explained that although the
municipality allocated some plots of land to private developers, the facility
still belongs to council.
Musa Kasaija, the
Chairperson of Transformation told the meeting that they would visit the park
on Monday next week to ascertain the allegations.
He maintained that the
taxi should vacate the streets to create space for street parking to allow the
municipality to generate revenue.