Tuesday May 20 2014

Councillors want speaker to leave office


Masaka- Twelve Masaka District councillors snubbed a council meeting scheduled for last Friday, demanding the dismissal of the council speaker, Ms Phoebe Kwewalyanga, over allegations of incompetence.

Only nine councillors turned up for the meeting to debate the district budget but the session could not proceed due to lack of quorum.

Ms Kyewalyanga, an NRM member, said she was being witch-hunted because she recently announced her intention to stand for the Masaka District Woman parliamentary seat in 2016.
She also claimed the councillors were being manipulated by NRM district chairperson Peter Senkungu.

“It is Peter Ssenkungu who is witch-hunting me because he wants another person to stand against [Florence] Namayanja [Bukoto County East MP] and not me. He also tried to manipulate them against me before my election as speaker,” Ms Kyewalyanga said.

When contacted, Mr Ssenkungu denied manipulating the councillors.
“Ms Kyewalyanga had similar issues with the councillors last year around this time when the budget was about to be passed. It was me who mobilised them to work closely with her and attend the council meeting,” he said.