Thursday May 22 2014

Elect chairman or lose funding, minister warns Bugiri council

By Asuman Musobya

Bugiri- Local Government minister Adolf Mwesige has given the Bugiri District Council an ultimatum to either elect an acting district chairperson or lose up to Shs26 billion in funding from the central government.

The district chairperson, Mr Marijan Azalwa, was sentenced to eight months in jail for assault earlier this month.
“If you don’t do it before the end of this month, don’t expect any coin from government,” he said.

The minister who issued the ultimatum at the district headquarters on Monday during a meeting with public servants together with the LC3 and the district chairperson, advised the chief administrative officer, Mr George William Omuge, as the acting chairperson to swear-in the Speaker.

Mr Mwesige pointed out that lack of leadership had impeded the district’s laying and passing of a budget yet local input into the national budget will be coming to a close at the end of this month.
At the same meeting Mr Omuge said the jailing of the two leaders had affected most of the district’s programmes.

Bugiri has not had a substantive leadership since May 8 when court sentenced the district chairman Marijan Azalwa, and the vice chairman, Mr Socrates Nambiro Mukisa, and six other people to eight months in jail for assault.

They were found guilty of assaulting and causing bodily harm to Mr Daudi Mulengani, on February 22, 2011 at Ndifakulya village in Bugiri Town Council.

Mr Mulengani was Mr Azalwa’s opponent for the district chairperson position during the 2011 general elections.