By Patrick Edward Musisi
Nakawa Division mayor Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga has blamed LC I courts for failure to carry out their purpose.
Instead, he said, LC1 chairmen have given police a leeway to handle even simple cases triable by these courts, and in effect fuelling corruption tendencies.
“Wives report their husbands to police even for slight misunderstandings, and later offer to withdraw their complaints for fear of having them (husbands) jailed, which gives police an opportunity to extort money to execute the husbands’ release,” Balimwezo said.
He was addressing Kampala LC 1 and LC2 leaders who converged at Mukono Colline Hotel for a one-day training workshop ahead of the registration exercise of all residents in the city, in a bid to solicit for the most efficient service delivery based on the population.
The training was organized by the Office of the President and was addressed by the ministers of Kampala – Betty Olive Kamya, of State for Microfinance, Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune and Benny Namugwanya, state minister for Kampala
Balimwezo also attacked LC vice chairpersons for neglecting their roles of handling children’s issues, which he blamed for an increase in crime-related activities like ‘dust-to-dawn’ gambling, alcoholism and drug use among children.
Kampala Central Deputy mayor Charles Musoke Serunjogi reminded the LC leaders that upon election, they ceased to be answerable to their political parties and came under KCCA and the electorate.
He said, “It is irresponsibility of the highest order for you to mobilize people to reject government programmes, and you will be responsible for their suffering resulting from shunning poverty reduction programmes simply because they are associated with a specific party.”
Serunjogi said that in his division, he has set a deliberate agenda of ensuring that as many Democratic Party (DP) supporters as possible access funds under the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) to demystify the attachment of the programmes to politics.
In her opening remarks, Kamya said the registration slated to kick off next year is a provision in the KCCA Act for streamlining service delivery basing on the population in the city.