Masindi leaders implored on unity

Though the duo seems to have buried their grievances, they have continued to verbally attack each other at public functions.

By Our Reporter

Masindi: Leaders in Masindi have been implored to promote peace and unity in the district.

The call comes at a time when the Masindi district LCV Chairperson, Cosmas Byaruhanga, and the Municipal Mayor, Ronald Businge Kyomuhendo, have been in arms for a long time.

Dr. Balaam Barugahara, the Vice Chairman of MK Movement Western Uganda, urged the district leadership to unite and work together for the development of the district.

The call was made on Sunday during the launch of the Masindi district MK football tournament, the Yoweri Kaguta bicycle racing competition, and the Balaam female football tournament.

The above district events were launched at Albert Palace Gardens in Masindi Town under the theme ”we are stronger united.”

Cosmas Byaruhanga, the district LCV chairperson, also doubled as the event chairperson organizing committee applauded Dr. Balaam for convening the meeting to unite them and also organizing such an event, saying they would create peace and cooperation among the leaders.

Recently, at one of the district’s events, Byaruhanga was quoted as saying that he doesn’t want battles this year but to deliver services to the people of Masindi.

‘’This year is for working; I don’t want battles. We should work for the people of Masindi,’’ he was quoted.

Ronald Businge Kyomuhendo, the Masindi Municipal Mayor, also applauded Dr. Baalam for organizing such an event and asked leaders in the district to walk the talk in order to deliver services to the people of Masindi district.

Though the duo seems to have buried their grievances, they have continued to verbally attack each other at public functions.

Recently, at a public function, Kyomuhendo accused Byaruhanga of defaming him, yet they have reconciled several times and agreed to work in the interest of the people of Masindi.

‘’Byaruhanga contacted me and wished me a happy 2024, but surprisingly, after a few days, he went to one of the radio stations and defamed me. Now which unity is that?” he questioned.

In September last year, the minister of state for public services, Grace Mary Mugasa, intervened and convened a meeting at Kolping Hotel Masindi to resolve and reconcile the duo, but it seems to have not yielded any fruit.

It’s alleged that the row between the district chairperson and mayor started when they started accusing each other of fronting people to contest against them in the 2026 general elections.

However, this website has understood that Kyomuhendo will defend his mayorship seat while Byaruhanga is eyeing the Member of Parliament in one of the constituencies in the district.

Mugasa stressed that early politics is the major problem fueling the row among the leaders in Masindi district.

She therefore warned the leaders against early politics, saying this is the time to work and improve service delivery in the district, noting that politics will begin in 2025.

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