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Mbale voters speak out on urgent issues in the town

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th December 2010 03:00 AM

RESIDENTS of Mbale Municipality have asked aspirants for the mayoral seat to focus on infrastructural development and improvement of social services in the municipality.

RESIDENTS of Mbale Municipality have asked aspirants for the mayoral seat to focus on infrastructural development and improvement of social services in the municipality.

By Daniel Edyegu

RESIDENTS of Mbale Municipality have asked aspirants for the mayoral seat to focus on infrastructural development and improvement of social services in the municipality.

The residents argued that for the last five years, the municipal authorities had ignored the deplorable state of the roads, health centres, recreational spots and government buildings. They also said the town was choking on garbage.

Musa Masiga, 33, a boda boda cyclist at the Police stage, said the negligence had made several roads in the municipality impassable, with wide potholes.

“Whenever the pothole eats away the road, the municipal authorities seal it with murrum, which wears off fast, widening the pothole further. It’s terrible for our business during heavy rains.

"You may be dodging a pothole and a motorist splashes water on you and the client. Most clients refuse to pay the fare thereafter,” Masiga said.

Moses Masabo, a resident of Namatala in Industrial Division, stated that the buildings in the town were dilapidated, projecting a bad image of the town.

He said the old buildings needed to be destroyed and new ones constructed.

“Some buildings are not worthy to be in the town. They are old and have become death traps. The municipality also rehabilitates roads in town without rebuilding the drainage systems. So when it rains, the water flows on the roads and weakens the tarmac,” Masabo said.

The municipality has a population of 86,000 people spread between Northern, Industrial and Wanale divisions with over 42,000 registered voters.

The Mbale Municipality mayoral seat has been vacant since 2007 when the Inspector General of Government fired the former mayor, Richard Masaba Kanindo, for abuse of office. Jamila Naleba has been acting in the position ever since.

However, court cleared Masaba of the charges last month. He is contesting for the Mbale Municipality parliamentary seat on an independent ticket.

Eight candidates have been nominated to fill the seat. They are Siraji Mugoya (independent), Michael Nandala (independent), Jamila Naleba (NRM) and Waswa Masokoyi (independent).

Others are Juma Abdallah Wanade (Liberal Democracy Transparency Party), Zandya Mutwalibi Mafabi (Forum for Democratic Change), Davis Mwaule (independent) and Alfred Magomu (independent).

Mbale voters speak out on urgent issues in the town

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