By Mildred Nambi
Masaka Municipality Councilors are divided over a Council Executive Committee recommendation to pass 200 million shillings in the municipal budget to purchase another car for the Mayor.
Recently Masaka Municipal Council Executive Committee, chaired by Mayor Godfrey Kayemba, recommended using 200 million shillings in the 2013-2014 budget to buy Kayemba an official vehicle.
In 2009, the Mayor’s car a Pajero registration number UAD 300R was towed to the municipal yard after it was declared mechanically unsound.
The recommendation has drawn angry reactions from a section of the councillors who argue that the council has more pressing issues to deal with than the mayor’s car.
Councillors led by the Finance Committee Chairperson, Irene Nantongo, Mariam Tusiime, a member, John Baptist Mukasa(Disabled), and Zahara Nalubyayi, among others are opposed to purchasing the mayor a vehicle in this financial year saying that council still has many debts to clear.
Tusiime says that council cannot approve such a recommendation because they already have to clear a 400 million shillings debt incurred after the municipality lost a case.
The municipality was ordered to pay 400 million shillings compensation to the reinstated deputy town clerk Edward Kiwanuka Gwavu for unlawful dismissal by court.
Councillor John Baptist Mukasa castigates the municipality Executive Committee for even debating about buying the mayor a new car yet Masaka town still does not have working street lights.
However the deputy mayor Henry Busuulwa argues that the mayor needs a car to be able to effectively monitor municipal business.
Busuulwa says that it is unbecoming for a mayor to be seen walking on foot whiling doing municipality duty.