By Weswa Ronnie
Namisindwa district local government has agreed to share local revenue generated from MTN mast with Namisindwa Town Council.
The resolution to share the revenue was reached at yesterday, 26th October 2022 in a meeting held at Namisindwa Technical Institute between the district leadership, Namisindwa Town Council leaders and the Resident District Commissioner.
This follows the protracted fight between Namisindwa district local government and town council with each claiming ownership of the land where the mast is to be constructed.
Namisindwa Town Council claims ownership of Namisindwa Technical Institute where the Mast is to be erected and blamed the district leadership of concluding negotiations with MTN behind their back.
We had earlier reported that the District authorities had reached an agreement with MTN to erect a Mast and were paid Shs300M. The problem however, is that the land given to MTN (Namisindwa Technical School) belongs to Namisindwa Town Council.
However, in yesterday’s meeting, the two parties are said to have agreed to share the proceeds.
According to Fredrick Bango, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Namisindwa district, the district security team has resolved that the revenue which will be got from the mast will be shared equally.
He adds that this is the final solution they have come up with as a way of ending this conflict since in real sense, the fight is about local revenue sharing.
Bwayo Kitumbesi, the LCV vice chairperson of Namisindwa district welcomed the decision saying that this is going to be a lasting solution to the fight between the two entities.
He urged the district and town council to cooperate so that they can share the revenue when MTN starts paying.
However, Godfrey Namole, the LCIII chairperson of Namisindwa town council has dismissed the decision saying that as the town council, they are not ready to share the Mast revenue with the district.
He adds that they have reported the matter to Mbale court seeking court injunction to stop the current construction of the mast.