The Local Government Minister, Raphael Magyezi has summoned the executive of Hoima district and all councillors to appear before him on Wednesday following the fistfight in the council on Monday afternoon.
The councillors exchanged blows during a council meeting held at Hoima district headquarters in Kasingo cell in Hoima City West Division. The fight broke out after some councillors led by Patrick Rusoke, the representative of Buraru sub-county opposed the council meeting on the grounds that they were not informed in time.
They also argued that there was no emergency in the district warranting the clerk to the council to summon them within two days. The councillors argued that the clerk to council notified them on February 9, 2022, that they would have a council sitting on February 14, 2022 contrary to the provisions in the local government act, which requires a notice of six working days.
The summon specifies the date, time, place of the council sitting and days agenda. The council turned chaotic as the aggrieved councillors pounded on the speaker, Swaibu Nyangabyaki and the executive members accusing them of running the district in a crazy manner. This resulted in a physical fight between the councillors and the executive members.
Several members including Benson Chiche, the LC 5 Vice-Chairperson, Robert Baguma, the Kigorobya town council LC 5 Councilor and Robert Rusoke, the Buraru sub-county councillors among others sustained injuries.
A number of council items including chairs, documents and tables were also destroyed during the fight. This compelled the speaker Swaibu Nyangabyaki to suspend the council sitting up to February 24th, 2022.
Now, Erias Byamungu, the Hoima Chief Administrative Officer-CAO explains that he has received a communication from the local government Minister summoning the councillors and executive to appear before him on Wednesday.
Yosam Tumwebaze, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC, says that he had also received instructions from the local government minister directing him to ensure that all councillors appear before the minister on Wednesday.
One of the aggrieved councillors told URN that he is happy that the local government minister has summoned them, saying he is ready to face off with the executive members even before the minister. He says this is the time to expose the rot the members of the executives are involved in.
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