Masaka Mayor Treks to Office as Councillors Block Vehicle Purchase

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Tony Ssempijja, a councilor in Masaka Municipality says they have agreed to suspend the purchase to ensure that the money is used to facilitate waste management in the town to stem a possible outbreak of disease.

Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the Mayor of Masaka Municipality is forced to trek  to office every day after plans for the purchase of an official vehicle were blocked by Municipality councilors.
 
Kayemba says the absence of an official means of transport is tedious and costly since he needs to hire special taxi’s to conduct monitoring and supervision of government projects.
 
Kayemba, who was voted on the FDC Party ticket, fears that lack of a vehicle for the mayor would force technocrats to do shoddy work on roads and school structures because he can hardly monitor them.

Sande Mutesasira, a resident of Masaka supports the mayor saying the lack of transport is an embarrassment to his status.
 
He says in the previous years, a mayor was voted basing on his wealth unlike recent years where anybody is voted to that position irrespective of their financial status.

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Last financial year, councilors approved UGX 85 million to buy an official car for the mayor in order to ease his movement in implementation of his work especially being able to supervise and monitor government programmes.
 
But early this Month, a budget conference convened and discussed among other issues the procurement of the Mayors car. However, councilors and stakeholders agreed to push the procurement to the next financial year.

Tony Ssempijja, a councilor in Masaka Municipality says they have agreed to suspend the purchase to ensure that the money is used to facilitate waste management in the town to stem a possible outbreak of disease.

He adds that much as the mayor deserves a means of transport, it is not the most pressing issue for the municipality.

Ssempijja says the councilors have also asked Masaka Town Clerk Joseph Kimbowa to divert funds meant for Mayor’s car to provision of other services.

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Robert Kambugu, the Masaka Municipality youth councilor although they had approved the expenditure last financial year, the purchase can wait.

However, Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town Clerk could not divulge into the matter claiming he is out of office on official leave.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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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.