Worry as Councilors Boycott Jinja Municipal Council Meeting

Jinja Municipal council meeting has flopped this afternoon after councilors refused to turn up accusing their technical team and top leadership of failing to implement any council resolutions since they came to power in June last year.

Some councilors said that they were exceedingly dissatisfied with failure to show anything done by their council in half a year.

Onen Joel alias big dad representing Danida ward in Walukuba Masese Division says that absconding today’s council meeting was inevitable because the mayor has failed to prevail over his technical staff to implement council resolutions.

Mr Onen says they will continue absconding council meetings until something tangible is done for the voters to show case that the council meets and make resolutions that benefit the community.

“We said roads must be tarmacked but now dust is everywhere, cheap why then should we continue meeting” he wondered.

There were allegations that the councilors had been bought off by one of the fellow councilors of Jinja East Ashraf Nassar Salongo who wanted to be the deputy mayor at Ushs 200, sick 000 each to boycott the meeting.

However Ashraf denied the allegations saying all councilors are mature and represent interests of their voters which they must safe guard in council.

When contacted, the speaker of Jinja Municipal council Bizito Moses confirmed that councilors boycotted the meeting under unclear circumstances.

“I extended invitations to all of them but I am shocked that only 10 out of 26 councilors have turned up. We shall investigate the motive and reason as to why they boycotted, otherwise we need to work for the community” Bizitu said.

He however threatened to report errant councilors to the mayor to prevail over them for mutual understanding and harmony.

Jinja Mayor Majid Batambuze who was found in his office said all issues that councilors have can only be resolved and discussed in a council meeting.

“If their resolutions were not being implemented then the meeting was the right forum for them to raise it and we resolve on the way forward together. Boycotting meetings is never an ideal remedy to any problem and I request my colleagues to realize that,” he said.

During campaigns, Mr Batambuze promised never to maintain Jinja town roads with marrum but dust resulting from murram is now the order of the day in Jinja.


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