Power Struggles: Bombo Town Council Extra-Ordinary Meeting Flops

2009 Views Bombo, Uganda

In short
The councillors wanted to discuss the power struggles between the LC 3 chairperson Aisha Ndagire and acting town clerk Lydia Nabaasa that have lead to freezing of council accounts and failure to approve budget for financial year 2012/13.

An extraordinary council meeting called to discuss crisis facing Bombo town council leadership hit a snag after the acting town clerk snubbed it.
 
The Bombo town council speaker Jane Kakembo called for a special sitting on Tuesday and10 out of 15 councillors including the LC 3 chairperson Aisha Ndagire arrived at the council main hall at around 10: 00am for the discussions.
 
Jane Kakembo explains that they wanted to discuss the power struggles between the LC 3 chairperson Aisha Ndagire and acting town clerk Lydia Nabaasa that have led to freezing of council accounts and failure to approve budget for financial year 2012/13.
 
Kakembo explains that they were shocked when the town clerk sent a letter arguing that the meeting was unlawful and she would not attend it. Nabaasa also ordered all civil servants not attend the meeting and later she left her office prematurely.
 
Kakembo says that she had no alternative but to call it off until further notice.
 
The councillor for Namaliga parish Margaret Namagembe says that they are worried because town clerk is spending funds lavishly without approval by town council. Namagembe says that the town council is currently suffering from a water crisis, roads are poorly done and residents are threatening to stage protests but town clerk is not bothered.
 
Namagembe claims that the town clerk is thwarting the council meetings to undermine the political leadership.
 
The secretary for Works for Bombo town council Henry Makanga says that the town clerk has become a stumbling block in the work of town council frustrating service delivery. Makanga accuses the town clerk of wanting to govern the town council without consulting the other councillors which has to dissent among leaders and residents.
 
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The Chairperson LC 3 Aisha Ndagire says that the extra-ordinary meeting is provided for under Standard Rules of Procedure section 10(A) and Local Government Regulations 2007.
 
Ndagire says that this is the seventh meeting to flop in past two months. Ndagire alleges that town clerk keeps calling off the meetings because she does not want her record closely examined.
 
Ndagire says that they are planning to meet the minister of Local Government Adolf Mwesigye over the matter.
 
Juma Nasur, a resident in the town council, complains that the wrangles have greatly affected service delivery and they are also planning to stage a demonstration demanding for accountability of funds disbursed for the services.
 
Attempts to talk to Lydia Nabaasa were not fruitful because she was not available in her office and her known phone number was off.  But according to the notice she issued over the extra-ordinary meeting, Nabaasa says that speaker didn’t consult her before convening the meeting and there was no need for the meeting.
 
The wrangles between two officials lasted for two years and attempts by district authorities to reconcile them have failed.

 

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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.