Local Gov’t officials apologize for pouring water on Minister Kahinda

Gen. Kahinda Otafiire

The Uganda Local Governments Association has condemned the recent conduct of some of its members who poured water on the minister of justice and constitutional Affairs Maj General Kahinda Otafiire On Saturday.

In a statement signed by George Mutabaazi, the president of the Uganda Local Government Association who is also the Chairperson Lwengo District Local government, said that the association deeply regrets the conduct of its members.

The Association which brings together all the district and lower local governments in Uganda held a consultative meeting at the Mandela National Stadium Namboole, with Gen. Otafiire invited as chief guest.

However, some of the members became agitated because they claimed they were expecting the president as chief guest and not Gen Otafiire. They then forced him off the stage and poured water on him.

They have also denounced reports that the meeting had been called to discuss purported plans to amend article 102(b) of the constitution to lift the presidential age limit.

The association also maintains that they are nonpartisan and that the said meeting was constituted as a platform to provide a voice and advocate for the strengthening of the role of Local Government leaders for purposes of attaining the objectives of Vision 2040 and a middle income status by 2020.

However Veteran educationist Fagil Mande has said that local government officials who showered Gen. Kahinda with water deserve to be punished citing that as a country, we have lost the fabric of discipline.

“How can a group of leaders behave the way they did. If they (local leaders) could pour water on a whole minister, how do they want other people to behave?” Fagil asked.

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