Mpigi LCV boss in ‘hot soup’ over misappropriated road funds

Mpigi District LC5 chairperson Mr Ssejjemba Martin (Photo/File)

Mpigi, (UG):- A section of subcounty chairpersons and councillors in Mpigi District want the LC5 chairperson Mr Ssejjemba Martin to explain the unfair tax policies and poor road network that have hindered development in the area with just two years left to the expiry to his political term limit.

The subcounty leaders, particularly from Mawokota County, accuse the district boss of being so hell-bent on the side of the technocrats at the expense of the taxpayers which they say has left many residents languishing in abject poverty.

Mr Nalima Godfrey, of Kituntu-Mawokota Subcounty in an interview with CBS FM’s Patrick Sserugo said the district’s top leadership has been so much marred by embezzlement of funds with the CAO, Subcounty Chiefs, Town Clerks and Sub-Accoutants all implicated in the vice.

Nalima says these forge false reports to swindle funds from the district treasury for purported work and the district leadership can’t even do anything to follow up. “The executive has failed to establish proper communication with us the subcounty leaders, yet such revenue swindled is collected right from the grassroot level,” he told the media on Friday.

Adding to his voice, the Buwama Town Council chairperson, Mr Nkinga Abdul-Rashid says Mr Ssejjemba has for long failed to convene a meeting with the sub-county leaders to discuss the abandoned road works and the continued misuse of funds collected as revenue from the traders and vendors.

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“The District Chairperson has been so hellbent on the technocrats’ side because if that is not it, he would have convened a meeting already for a way forward on all the issues we have continuously raised,” Mr Nkinga said, adding that; “the term is now remaining with two years, but there’s a lot yet to be done.”

However, the Mpigi district chairperson, Mr Ssejjemba Martin when reached out shifted the blame to the Sub County Chiefs (SAS-Senior Assistant Secretary), town clerks and Sub Accountants for not showing accountability to the Subcounty chairpersons for a follow-up on the progress of the district works.

He added that the district tractor responsible for steering road networks has for long been down due to technical faults, but the reparation works have already started.

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Mr Ssejjemba said he has already urged the subcounty chairpersons to join him and other district leaders to storm the Works and Trasport Ministry in Kampala in demand for a new grader for the road works.

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