LC 5 boss-CAO fight causes a paralysis in Masaka

A disagreement has erupted between the Masaka district Chairperson, Jude Mbabaali and the Chief Administrative Officer [CAO] Martin Lukwago over the fate of the district engineer, Elias Jjuuko.

Mbabaali wants Jjuuko sacked over alleged incompetence but the CAO is adamant to effect Mbabaali’s wish, throwing the district administration into a state of confusion.

Lukwago insists that Mbabaali has no genuine reason to cause for Jjuuko’s sacking other than the LC 5 boss playing politics.

The effect of this fight has made Mbabaali to stop making key endorsements for some of the activities meant to be undertaken by the district administration.

Notable among the undertakings that Mbabaali has refused to sign is the Shs 99m supplementary budget for road maintenance works in the district.

The Masaka district engineer Elias Jjuuko (with a book) during the roads inspection

Lukwago told the district roads committee chaired by Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga that Mbabaali, who was not in the meeting but represented by his deputy, Hajjat Janat Nakisekka had stopped receiving his phone calls and replying to his messages reasoning that the CAO must first interdict the district engineer.

“The chairman wrote to me demanding for the engineer’s interdiction alleging that he does not have relevant academic documents to hold the position but he [Mbabaali] never availed me evidence to prove his case,” Lukwago said.

The CAO wondered what Mbabaali intentions are, given the fact that his letter to interdict the engineer had no serious grounds.

Mpuuga said that he was not ready to tolerate Mbabaali’s behavior which risk the delivery of the much needed services.

Mpuuga together with other committee members who included Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja directed Nakisekka to endorse the supplementary road maintenance works budget on behalf of Mbabaali.

Nakisekka instead showed them a WhatsApp conversation between her and Mbabaali where her boss was stopping her from approving the road works supplementary budget.

“We shall have to ask Mbabaali to find a more civil way of dealing with technical matters, I don’t think that this meeting shall compel the CAO to sack anybody without following the right procedure,” Mpuuga told the committee.

He warned that he would mobilize the community to gang up against the district authorities if the district returns close to Shs 100million to the treasury simply because of the chairman’s ego.