Masindi district councilors have today disagreed on whether Masindi district RDC Godfrey Nyakahuma should stay in Masindi or not.
The disagreement came about after the Leader of Government Business Kassim kabagonza told the council that the poor working relationship was discussed during the District executive Committee meeting which sat on the 14th December 2018, adding that it was realized that service delivery had been compromised as a result of the RDC’s failure to monitor programs like health, education among others.
Kassim also told the council that the RDC has failed to draw attention of the auditor general for the need of special investigation in the misappropriation of 200 million meant for gratuity and pension.
Kassim also told council that the office of the LCV chairperson received a copy of the petition from the women leaders regarding the misconduct of Godfrey Nyakahuma the RDC Masindi.
On the 28th November 2018 Godfrey Nyakahuma blocked Winnie Kiiza, the former Leader of Opposition from addressing the women leaders who had turned up for the leadership advocacy talks at the education hall claiming that it was political.
The meeting had been organized by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) but it was called off by the RDC saying it was an illegal assembly, something which irked Masindi women leaders.
This forced the women leaders to petition the office of the presidency demanding for his transfer. Their petition was received last week.
Today in a district council meeting, councilors who were in support of the RDC’s stay clashed with those who were objecting it.
This came after Afisa Karungi the female councilor representing Central division insisted that council should recommend RDC’s removal from Masindi because of his alleged misconduct.
The chairperson LCV Masindi Cosmas Byaruhanga noted that this matter reaching council has not started today adding that when he declared that education should be a priority in the district and the parents were to contribute some funds the RDC objected it.
Byaruhanga also explained that the RDC also reached an extent of banning Byaruhanga from appearing on the local Radio stations, running announcement and news regarding sugar cane in Masindi.
He added that RDCs of other districts like Kiryandongo, Bulisa and Hoima have been transferred but Nyakahuma has remained in Masindi for years and yet “he is doing a disservice to the people of Masindi.”
He therefore requested councilors to support the recommendation of his removal from Masindi. But most of the councilors remained silent while Afisa Karungi the Secretary for Community services and the Secretary for Finance Salaama Kugonza concurred with the district chairperson.
Councilors who were in support of the RDC’s stay Include; Joseph Wamani the Male district youth counselor, Julius Kahira the Male district councilor Bwijanga sub county, Robinah Katusiime Female councilor for PWDs, Julian Ayesiga Sarah for Miirya Sub county among others.
Wamani challenged the chairman saying that the RDCs who have been transferred from other districts were not transferred on council’s resolution adding that it is the appointing authority which does it.
Julian Ayesiga Sarah the female councilor representing Miirya sub county advised councilors not to only push the RDC to the wall but to also look into the chairman’s side.
Julius Kahira the Male district councilor Bwijanga sub county said councilors would not discuss matters relating to the RDC but the district chairman said the RDC is not part of the council adding that the council is autonomous and it can take its independent decisions.
Moses Kirya the District Council Speaker said councilors did not follow the normal procedure in this matter adding that all the issues which were raised were captured and are going to be.
Kirya added that in case the RDC fails to consider the issues raised by council they will see the way forward. Council also resolved that the RDc should appear in the next council.