Kagadi Councilors launch move to Censure District Speaker

Kagadi-Kagadi district councilors have launched a bid for the removal of the district speaker Magezi Muhonge whom they accuse of abuse of office.

Councilors accuse the speaker of convening a council sitting without quorum.

50 out of the 64 council members have already signed a petition to have the district speaker removed from office.

Julius Twesigye, the LC5 councilor representing Mpeefu Yasande town council said the speaker needed to have at least 2/3 of the council members in order to transact business.

He says the aggrieved councilors are also planning to discipline the district chairperson for failing to take control of the district.

Kato Matiya,the district councilor for Bwikara sub county blames the speaker for steering council in a kangaroo manner

Alice Byaruhanga ,the female councilor for Muhorro sub county says they don’t intend to haras any person but to improve on service delivery in the district.

On Wednesday, the speaker convened the council meeting at Kagadi community hall to lay a shs 37 billion budget for 2022/2023 financial year after 53 out 64 councilors declined to attend the council over alleged delayed sitting allowances for three quarters.

The district speaker, Magezi Muhomge said, he was forced convene the council meeting without quorum in order to beat the deadline of laying the budget for 2022/2023 financial year.

He condemned the councilors for not minding about the implications of not laying the budget as recommended.

The district chairperson Kagadi, Ndibwami B Yosia has defended the district speaker saying delaying to lay the budget, would mean the district would not carry out any activity in the next financial year.

He says the issue delayed sitting allowences and threatening the censure the speaker will be handled accordingly.

According to the local government Act, a speaker or deputy speaker may be removed from office by a resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the members of the council on grounds of abuse of office, incompetence, misconduct or misbehavior.

However, the former district councilor for Kagadi and Kibaale districts, Richard Tumwebaze says in case of laying or approving a budget, the speaker has authority to consult the minister of local government on how to handle the matter in case councilors decline to attend council meeting.

Therefore, the speaker could be defended by the minister because he was handling a matter of public concern.

Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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