Augustus Bigirwenkya and Yosam Gucwaki
The state minister for Bunyoro affairs, Ernest Kiiza has intervened and reconciled the LC V chairman for Masindi district, Cosmas Byaruhanga and the chief administrative officer Masindi district local government, Mark Tivu hardly a week when they disagreed over alleged misuse of government vehicle.
On Monday, Byaruhanga instructed traffic police in Masindi to confiscate CAO’s vehicle, double cabin pick-up Ford Ranger registration number LG0029-074 that was procured hardly three months ago on grounds that Mark Tivu was using it for personal business, driving himself for long distances and involving himself in motor accidents.
However; Ernest Kiiza convened a closed meeting on Thursday that lasted for six hour and ended at around 2:30pm at RDC’s office.
Addressing media after the meeting, Kiiza described hatches between the LC V boss and the CAO as mere contradictions that arose due to communication gap adding that it was not a conflict.
“The two parties have reconciled but there is a need for continuous communication to bridge gaps. They resolved to work together as a team to fulfill president Museveni’s dream to transform Uganda into a middle income country by 2020 and the CAO is going to get his car immediately to start delivering services”, Kiiza explained.
Kiiza also observed that, Masindi district local government was beginning a new chapter, with new LC V chairman and councilors but believed there wouldn’t be a repeat of the same scenario after the reconciliation meeting.
When asked whether he had organized induction training for the new leadership, Mark Tivu, the chief administrative officer clarified that, the permanent secretary for ministry of local government was organizing a national wide induction exercise for all local governments but could not tell when for leaders in Masindi will be held.
Tivu said that, confiscating his vehicle never affected his duties because all vehicles belonging to Masindi district local government are under his control and could use any vehicle he preferred.
Cosmas Byaruhanga, the Masindi district boss said that, he and the CAO are beginning a new page since they are all supposed to ensure good service delivery. “From today, we are going to move forward without conflict because the issue is not about a vehicle or induction training but service delivery because I was in civil service before I joined politics”, he stated.