Luweero Leaders Petition Museveni Over Army House

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In short
The District building which is locally known as the `White House’ is located in Bombo town council and was taken over by the Army in 1972 during President Idi Amin’s regime.

Luweero leaders have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over a former district building which is now occupied by the army at Bombo Military barracks.
 
The District building which is  locally known as `White House’  is located in Bombo town council and was taken over by the Army in 1972 during President Idi Amin’s regime.
 
The Luweero LC 5 Chairperson Abdul Nadduli says the building was constructed on residents’ local revenue and President Amin erred to annex it to the military barracks. Nadduli says that although district authorities later shifted the headquarters to Luweero town council, they have failed to construct modern offices for its workers for lack of funds.
 
Nadduli explains that currently the district offices are housed in buildings that are like classroom blocks which are inadequate and not conducive to workers. He says he has thrice petitioned the Minister of Defense Crispus Kiyonga demanding that the Army return the building or compensate the district so that it can construct new offices, in vain.
 
Nadduli explains that Buganda Kingdom and other institutions have been given their properties and wondered why the government has failed to honour district demands. He says Luweero occupies a special place because of its contribution to the 1981-85 National Resistance Army war that brought the current government to power.
 
Through the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire, Nadduli appealed to President Museveni to order the Ministry of Defense to either return the building or compensate the district. Minister Kahinda Otafiire says he received the petition but declined to comment further and efforts to talk to his counterpart Crispus Kiyonga were futile.
 
The Luweero town council chairperson Charles Ssebyala says the current district buildings are dilapidated which is a shame to the area President Museveni refers to as ``the Mecca Of Uganda’’. Ssebyala says failure by the government to return the building or compensate the district is locally being interpreted as a sign of neglect.
 
Bwanika Bbaale, a politician in Luweero town council, says it’s unfortunate the government is taking its time to decide on a simple matter.
 
Another resident, Samson Mubiru, says due to inadequate offices at the headquarters, the district has failed to create the councillor’s lounge which is highly demanded by residents to act as meeting place for councillors and their electorates. He adds that electorates meet councillors under tree shades.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.