Masaka Municipal, Ministry Officials Clash Over Nyendo Market Cash

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Joe Walusimbi, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner tasked Mbabaazi and her team to explain why the Ministry is sourcing service providers from Kampala for the event.

Tension is mounting between Masaka Municipal and Local Government Ministry officials over the budget for the official handover of the newly built Nyendo Market. The Local Government Ministry is expected to handover Nyendo Market to the vendors on December 2, 2016.

President, Yoweri Museveni is expected to preside over the official handover the market that was built under the Agricultural Trade improvement program-MATIP at the tune of Shillings 13 billion. The Local Government Ministry has set aside Shillings 30million for the event.
However, Rose Mary Mbabaazi, a Commissioner in the Local Government Ministry says the budgeted funds are not enough. Mbabaazi told Masaka Municipal council officials in a planning meeting that they need the municipality to supplement the available resources so that they hold a big event.
According to Mbabazi, the available money can only facilitate about 200 people only yet they expect more people given the fact that President Museveni will grace the event. He also disclosed some Local Government Ministry officials in Kampala are already hunting for service providers, which angered the municipal leaders.
Innocent Ahimbisibwe, the town Clerk Masaka Museveni told Mbabaazi and her team that the municipality will not supplement the budget for the event since it isn't provided for in their budget.
Joe Walusimbi, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner tasked Mbabaazi and her team to explain why the Ministry is sourcing service providers from Kampala for the event. He advised the ministry to consider local service providers since the event is Nyendo.

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Maxwell Ogwal, the South Buganda Regional Police commander is also in arms against the Ministry for setting aside Shillings 3.5million to facilitate only 20 police officers to provide security at the event.
He wonders how the ministry can only plan for 20 police officers an event involving the head of state, adding that the local government ministry lacks powers to decide on the numbers of officers to be deployed.
However, Mbabaazi says the 3.5million Shillings for security was only included for budgeting services but it doesn't restrict the deployment to 20 officers.


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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.