Jinja Municipal Council Headquarters
- Andrew Nkwanga
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Flamboyant Jinja mayor, Majid Batambuze is in trouble as his own councilors including the ones he personally financed to assume leadership positions have placed an axe on his head, demanding that he quits office due to incompetence.
At least 17 councilors have been holding secret meetings since this year began and unanimously agreed to boycott council meetings as they also work on a plot to throw the 'failing' mayor out of office.
The defiant councilors are led by former Deputy Mayor in the Kezaala regime George Izaale representing Mpumudde Parish, Faruwa Kitakule Magwa Parish, Julius Kadooko Zakayo Kimaka Parish, Joel Onen Masese II and III Parish and Joweria Birungi Mpumudde parish.
Others include Mariam Nalumansi Magwa west Parish, Florence Ssewanyana Masese Parish, Kenneth Bakilye for youths, Lillian Babirye youths, swalleh Mulondo PWDs, Rachael Kalulu Jinja central East Parish, Hellen Chandiru Walukuba west, Moshen Fatuma Old Boma Parish, Xavier Kasagira from Walukuba east and Bernard Otuchu from Walukuba west.
This leaves out only ten councils still loyal to Batambuze who also chairs the association of all mayors in Uganda. Jinja Municipal Council has 27 councilors altogether.
The defiant team started effecting its mission on Wednesday when a council meeting failed after these councilors declined to turn up.
Two other meetings allegedly called by Batambuze in his own office also failed when the officials he invited to help him find a solution to the crisis turned down the call.
The troubled councilors have seven reasons upon which Batambuze should quite Jinja town Hall.
Batambuze is accused among others of failure to implement council resolutions, failure to ‘light up’ Jinja town, corruption and conspiring with other individuals to misuse council property.
Councilors say they will never attend any of those councils until the mayor proves to the electorate that he has time to supervise the works going in town.
"People want to see him in this town doing the work of supervision. He wasn't voted to go and sit in Kampala but at town hall," councilor Joel Onen representing Masese 11 parish said.
He added that, “should he not do what he is expected of, then give us just months to see him
out of that office before Jinja town dies out.”
Worse still, impeccable sources indicate that some councilors are plotting to pass a motion of no confidence against the deputy mayor Medius Asimwe whom they accuse of incompetence and being naïve about leadership.
However, Asimwe says councilors are being influenced by some politicians in Jinja for personal interests to interfere with their administration.
"My boss and some of us who were voted into power to serve public interests are ready to engage all the our colleagues who feel nothing is being done to come to around table to amicably forge a way-forward"
Mr Bizitu, the council speaker said that, "I am considering another council next week on Tuesday such that our colleagues come and we agree on what should be done for our community together other than playing a blame game"