By Frederick Kiwanuka
THE International Womenâ€™s Day celebrations in Nakaseke over the weekend turned into a bitter exchange by the district leaders over the location of the headquarters.
This was prompted by a recent decision by the Electoral Commission to postpone the Butalangu LC3 elections following a row over the headquarters.
The residents had petitioned the High Court opposing the degazetting of Butalangu as the district headquarters.
The team, led by Charles Ntege and Richard Mukisa, is seeking to have the headquarters moved to Nakaseke town. The district leaders, led by finance minister Syda Bbumba criticised the LC5 chairperson, Ignatius Koomu, for opposing the location of the headquarters in Butalangu.
â€œI am disgusted with people who are anti-development,â€ Bbumba said. Bumba supports Koomuâ€™s rival, Sempala Kigozi.
But Koomu, an outspoken critique of Butalangu, did not attend the function. Bbumba said the court injunction by the pro-Nakaseke group had cost the district millions of shillings that would have come in through grants and allocations to Butalangu town council.
â€œIt pains me that I will approve budgets for other town councils, when mine (Butalangu) has been disqualified,â€ she said. Bbumba argued that degazetting Butalangu as a town council implied that Nakaseke district does not exist.
She promised to lobby the ministerial committee to maintain Butalangu as the headquarters. The district Woman MP, Rose Ramayana, explained that Nakaseke had been granted three other town councils, Semuto, Nakaseke and Ngoma.
The district speaker, Divine Nakigudde, said she