Jinja Councilors Disagree on Location of Proposed District Headquarters Top story

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During the meeting, the Works Committee Chairperson, Baate Mugisha proposed that council should embark on the construction of the district headquarters at Busoga square as soon as possible drawing protests from the LC V Chairperson, Titus Kisambira together with seven councilors.

There is a disagreement between Jinja district councilors on where to construct the proposed the district headquarters. 


Seven councilors from Butagaya, Buwengel, Buyengo Budondo and Buwenge town council want the proposed district headquarters built in Kagoma constituency whereas the remaining councilors want it in Jinja municipality.
 
 
In 2015, the Jinja District Council led by the then LC V Chairperson, Fredrick Gume resolved to sell Plot 2 at Busoga Square to Bank of Uganda at  Shillings 1.2 billion in a bid to implement the 2006 council resolution to construct the district headquarters in Kagoma.
 
 

On Monday, councilors met in a special council session to review the progress on the implementation of council resolutions on works projects in the district.

 
During the meeting, the Works Committee Chairperson, Baate Mugisha proposed that council should embark on the construction of the district headquarters at Busoga square as soon as possible drawing protests from the LC V Chairperson, Titus Kisambira together with seven councilors.
 
 

"We agreed on the issue of constructing the district headquarters in Kagoma and I am surprised that you want it here again this is hypocrisy. Jinja municipality has most of the administrative units and it is only wise that we balance development by setting up the headquarters in another constituency," Kisambira fumed.
 

Proscovia Mutiibwa, the female councilor for Buyengo and Buwenge sub counties also argued that their predecessors secured funds for the construction of the headquarters at Kagoma, saying it is improper for them to undo their wishes.

 
"Our colleagues in the past council secured funds and land to construct the headquarters in Kagoma and it will be improper for us to undone their wishes on unjustified grounds," Mutiibwa stressed.
 

On his part, the Jinja Central Division Councilor, Mohammed Embentyo, argued that the district has prime land in the municipality, saying there was no need of constructing the headquarters away from the town center.

 
"We now have both money and prime land to construct the highly anticipated district headquarters. I don't know why we should shift to Kagoma, which will task us with paper work in terms of securing a land title," Embentyo argued.
 

However, the district chief administrative officer, William Kanyesigye who was called upon to guide council advised that, councilors should review the 2006 resolution before changing their stand.