20 December 2012

Uganda: Bushenyi Councillors Ordered to Reconcile

The Nyabubare sub-county council in the western district of Bushenyi has ordered two feuding councillors to either reconcile or risk losing their seats.

Councillors were upset that they had missed out on three major projects due to the feuding between Peace Tibakuna and Joab Twebaze. Officials say the slaughter slab, which was supposed to be constructed at Kizinda market, was taken to the neighbouring Kakanju sub-county because of sharp differences between the two district councillors. Two other projects; the fencing of Kizinda monthly market and construction of Akajani road drift hang in balance.

Initially, Peace Tibakuna denied having any differences with Twebaze. However, when he got up to speak, Twebaze admitted that he had differences with Tibakuna.

Twebaze, who is also a secretary for finance, administration and management at Bushenyi local government, reportedly fell out with Tibakuna after her friend Umar Muhanguzi lost the district speakership. In the poll to replace Muhanguzi, Twebaze supported the eventual winner Emmanuel Karasi.

Since the inauguration of the Bushenyi district council in November 2011, two camps have emerged: one backing Muhanguzi and, the other for district chairman Willis Bashaasha.

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