BY WILBER MUHWEZI–KASIBANTE
Kashenyi health centre II situated in Kashenyi Ward Ishaka Division Bushenyi Ishaka Municipality along Ishaka-Kitagata road was forced to close on last Sunday 15th Jan 2017 to pave way for CICO a chinese road construction company to turn it into a road construction camp for Kashenyi-Mitooma tarmac road.
Kashenyi health centre II was built by a municipality in Netherlands called Gemert,Bakel Netherlands at a tune of 30m million Uganda sillings. The health centre was completed on 2oth April 2012 and was handed over to the Kashenyi community and Ishaka division on the above date.
According to the acting Town clerk Bushenyi Ishaka Municipality, Ferdinand Katunda Mukuru, the health centre was shifted to a nearby trading centre and will stay there for only one month and there after a temporary structure will be constructed by CICO below the camp and then the people of Kashenyi will start to get the health services as usual for a period of three years.
Katunda Mukuru said that the land was hired at the cost of 500.000= per month which will make a total of 18m in 3 years. This however didn’t go well by the community claiming that their land of 3 acres was undervalued by the Mayor Jackson Kamugasha, Town clerk Katunda Mukuru and Chairman Deus Mukyenga with an aim of taking bribes from this Chinese company, CICO.
www.mknewslink .com managing editor, Wilber Muhwezi-kasibante spent the whole day investigating the story however never got how much bribes the 3 men bagged from this company but the fact is the three took a huge bribe.
According to the municipal mayor Jackson Kamugasha issues begin and end “For me Wilber am in Kampala and I have heard that people of Kashenyi are up in arms as well as the municipality at large but we didn’t take any bribes and we never undervalued the land only that for us we wanted the chinese to make our roads but they refused, they first gave us 220.000= we refused it and they finally increased to 500.000=
Ishaka division LC III chairman Deus Mukyenga told www.mknewslink.com editor that the due process was followed, his executive, his council endorsed and as well the procurement committee at the municipality and therefore there is no cause for alarm.
Francisca Kamanzi the former Bushenyi District Woman MP Parliamentary candidate told this website editor that she has no problem with the Chinese using the health centre facilities because they are going to put for them 3KV electricity, one borehole, national water extension to the area, among other good facilities however the vice chairman LC1 Kashenyi I LCI cell Mutaryeebwa Alex told this editor today afternoon 17th Jan 2017 that the project wouldn’t have any problem only that they undervalued their land for 500.000=only whereas a neighbor’s house has been paid for 74 million for 3 years by the same contractors and then 3 acres will be paid only 18 million in three years.
The area MP Arinda Gordon Cowboy and the District Chairman Jafari Basajabalaba yesterday vowed to expose the Mayor,Town clerk and the Ishaka Division Chairman for taking bribes and then hire out land and evict a government health centre on its own land.
“Government has enough money to construct buildings at Kashenyi health centre II and even turning it into a health centre III. To the people of Bushenyi Ishaka, I want to tell you that me as your leader shall not allow these dubious/corrupt deals of the Mayor, Town clerk and the Division Chairman to ruin our municipality” MP Arinda Gordon Cowboy vowed.
On the other hand the personnel officer CICO whom www.mknewslink.com editor found at the site as the highest ranking officer of the company, Daniel Lumansi revealed that the company was willing to fulfill all the issues that were put in the agreement between CICO and Bushenyi Ishaka municipality.
He noted that within one month the temporary shelter to house the health centre will have been completed and the people of Kashenyi will start seeking treatment from the usual place therefore there should be no worry by the politicians ,local leaders, residents or anyone that the health centre has been evicted.
Medias Rubanda the former Deputy RDC Bushenyi and a resident of the same area told this western Uganda news website that by all means she cant sit down and see the health centre that helps her people get evicted by these corrupt leaders; Mayor, Town clerk and the Division Chairman.
The Chairman LCV Bushenyi Jafari Basajabalaba convened a meeting this evening Jan. 17, 2017 and ordered all the activities by Chinese to stop until Thursday this week 19th Jan 2017 when another meeting will be held including all the suspects Mayor, Jackson Kamugasha, Town clerk, Ferdinand Katunda Mukueru and the Ishaka Division Chairman, Deus Mukyenga.