Confusion in Kanungu as Ex-ordinary Council is Called Off

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Dixon Kagurusi, one of the protesters tasked the district leadership to come out and explain why the council meeting was called off.

Residents of Kihihi town council in Kanungu district took to the streets on Monday evening to protest the delayed Rukungiri-Kanungu Road works. They led a procession in the town council armed with placards and accused the district leadership of failing to ably represent them.

 
"We want our road", "UNRA should work on our road", read one of the placards. "It is 28 years now and we are still waiting," read another. Residents took to the streets after the speaker; Charles Beshesa called off an extra ordinary council meeting convened to discuss the delayed Rukungiri-Kanungu Road works, saying the matter will be discussed in the next two weeks.

 
 
Dixon Kagurusi, one of the protesters tasked the district leadership to come out and explain why the council meeting was called off. According to Kagurusi, they received information that some councilors and speakers were compromised to not to proceed with the meeting. 



George Kataba, another resident says the decision to call off the meeting was unfortunate. Kataba tasked Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA to publish all information regarding the road. 



He accuses James Kaberuka, the Kinkizi West Member of parliament of meddling in the council affairs. James Kaberuka was in the district as events unfolded.
 
 
He denied influencing the speaker and councilors to call off the meeting.  Frank Byaruhanga, the Mpungu sub county councilor told URN he returned to the district on Monday only to be told the meeting had been called off. 



Charles Beshesa, the Speaker Kanungu District council, says they called off the extra ordinary meeting after realizing that there is a planned session in the next two weeks.

 

Boaz Kazibwe, the Kigezi Area UNRA Station Engineer, has called for calm saying they have kicked off the initial stages of the road works. He says Consultants are already reviewing the road design and identifying those who will be affected by road works.

 

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