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Magufuli inspires Kiboga mayor to clean town

By Nelson Kiva

Added 14th July 2017 05:18 PM

Ssekiwunga says he was inspired by the president of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, when he visited Dar-es-Salaam with other mayors last year.

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Ssekiwunga says he was inspired by the president of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, when he visited Dar-es-Salaam with other mayors last year.

While many local leaders may be seated in the offices waiting for the central government to send money for various activites in their areas, some are devising means of keeping relevant to their supporters.

One of them is the Kiboga town mayor, who has taken the leadership a notch higher by cleaning the town's streets every every morning and evening.

Residents says he sweeps every morning and evening, describing his approach as practical.

Ssekiwunga, a former Kiboga town council LC5 councillor, is serving his first term of office after unseating Samuel Amirigo   Matovu in the 2016 elections.

Ssekiwunga says during elections, he promised a clean town and he wants to deliver that.

 

He says he was inspired by the president of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, when he visited Dar-es-Salaam with other mayors for learning experience last year.

“When we visited Dar-es-Salaam, we found a very clean and organized city. The authorities told us they had adopted the practicability of president Magufuli of being out in the field other than waiting for work in offices,” he said.

 The Kiboga town council health inspector, Martin Kabuye, said the arrangement of homesteads, businesses and institutions managing garbage in sacks and boxes until the town council trucks loaded them to the dumping site, was proving effective.

He said they are acting within a limited budget of about only sh30m to clean the town every financial year.

The head of a community driven campaign of keep Kiboga clean, Nekemeya Kibuuka, said the community appeal and mobilization skills of the mayor had attracted residents to supporting efforts towards a clean town.

 
What residents are saying

Teopista Nanyombi said the mayor had become an ambassador of cleanliness in homes and people feel they needed to support his efforts.

 

 
Godfrey Tumwiine said that the mayor had proved leaders can provide leadership and things are done even without money.

 

 

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