By Steven Ainganiza
KABAROLE. The dream of having Fort Portal achieve a city status hangs in balance following wrangles between municipal leaders and division chairpersons coupled with corruption allegations.
During the Kabarole district leaders’ conference at Kitumba headquarters on Tuesday, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Stephen Asiimwe blasted the Fort Portal municipality leaders including the Mayor and division Chairpersons for boycotting the leaders’ forum, a platform he said they would share and learn how to improve on leadership performance.
Mr Asiimwe said that Fort Portal leaders are embroiled in wrangles instead of focusing on offering services to the public.
"I’m wondering how the Mayor and Chairpersons of the divisions can boycott this leaders’ conference where leaders give accountability to the people they lead. This Fort Portal cannot develop because of the poor leadership, corruption and mismanaging of public funds,” he said.
Mr Asiimwe added that Fort Portal and Rwenzori region have all the opportunity to attain the middle income status but the leaders are hampering development through sabotaging government programs.
“The dream of realizing the city status may not be a reality if this conflict between the leaders and mismanagement of funds does not stop,” he said.
The RDC asked the Local Government Minister Tom Butime to instruct officials from Urban Authority and Ministry of Planning and Urban Development intervene in Fort Portal municipality that has a lot of issues which are hampering development.
In his response, Minister Butime revealed that he was concerned about the nature of leadership and the bad sanitation in town that may affect their dream of Fort Portal city.
“Fort Portal and Entebbe are the cleanest towns in the country and if leaders fail to collect the garbage and take conflicts as their priority, then we shall not realize our dream of Fort Portal city. However plans are underway to sign for the city status next Financial Year,” the Minister said.