Luweero Town Clerk Boycotts Council Meetings

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Wadda asks the town clerk and LC 3 chairperson to reconcile to enable smooth Executive meetings to reconvene.

Muluuta Mugagga, the embattled town clerk of Luweeo town council has boycotted all committee and executive meetings citing threats on his life. It follows a recent meeting that nearly culminated in a fist fight between the town clerk and Charles Ssebyala, Luweero Town Council LC III chairperson after he refused to endorse a loan of 4 million shillings for road repairs. The decision by the town clerk to boycott meetings has already started affecting the operations of the council. At least three executive and general council meetings have already hit a snag because of the absence of the town clerk.
 
The botched meetings were convened by the LC III chairperson to asses and review projects undertaken by the town council. Mugagga says that he has resolved not to attend any executive meetings for fear of being assaulted by Ssebyala. He says that the conduct of the chairperson in the previous meetings embarrassed him before his junior staff. On Thursday, councilors led by Vicent Ssebayiga, the speaker Luweero town council pleaded with Mugagga to rescind his decision or delegate his deputy Emmy Kizito Nsubuga to discharge his duties in vain. Mugagga says that he is seeking the authorization of James Christopher Oketayot, the Luweero Deputy Chief Administrative Officer to hire armed guards before he can attend any meetings.

The decision of the town clerk to abandon executive and committee meetings has affected service delivery to residents. Grace Wadda,  the Health secretary Luweero town council says that the Executive had scheduled business that include addressing rampant land grabbing, toilet crisis, road repairs and overseeing expenditures but they are all on hold. He says the town council has lost over ten acres of land over the last three months because of the failure by the town council executive to convene and follow up on the court cases. Wadda asks the town clerk and LC 3 chairperson to reconcile to enable smooth executive meetings to reconvene. Zainabu Kasirye, the vice LC III chairperson says Luweero Town council is faced with a sanitation crisis, adding that the executive meeting that was called to look for ways of getting investors to build new toilets hit a snag.
 
Kasirye also pleads with the town clerk to rescind his decision to save residents from disease outbreaks as a result of poor sanitation. Edward Kisekka, a resident of Luweero town council says that the power struggles between the top officials have retarded service delivery. He has asked Adolf Mwesigye, the local government minister to intervene and resolve the wrangles. Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero town council LC III chairperson denies threatening the safety of the town clerk. He says the decision by the town clerk to boycott executive meetings is meant to sabotage service delivery and threaten him to back down from his quest for accountability.
 
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The conflict between Mugagga and Ssebyala broke out in February 2012 following allegations of financial impropriety against the town clerk. The town council passed a resolution asking Christopher Kyomya, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer to interdict the town clerk. Kyomya stayed the decision awaiting the findings from audit by the auditor general and district public accounts committee.
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.