Mayor’s Garden Saga: MP Paul Bucyana seeks to be invited to Solve Councilors Woes
By Joshua Niyonshima
The Kisoro Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Kwizera Paul Bucyana has criticized Kisoro Police for continuously hounding Kisoro Municipal councilors with Summons over the embattled Mayor’s gardens in Kisoro district.
During a phone interview with vomuhabura.com, Hon Kwizera said in the first place, the procedure of giving out the much desired land for development is marred with fraud adding that people do not need to come against the councilors who have stood their ground to protect the mayor’s gardens.
The development comes following summons by Police of three local leaders of Kisoro Municipality on Friday 03rd September 2021 to give a statement on the destruction and theft of property belonging to Nkunga Adventures AfriKa.
These include are Kayihura Francesca aka Mama Marion Chairperson LC1 Main Village, Sebitekerezo Emmanuel Councilor Nyamagana ward and Ntiba Ronald the LCIV Councilor Gasiza Ward.
Mama Marion and Sebitekerezo showed up and were released on police bond. Last month Niwomugisha Anne the Nyamagana ward Female Councilor was also arrested.
Kisoro Municipal Speaker Nkurunziza Geoffrey and Michael for Nyagashinge ward were also summoned on the same issue
Hon. Kwizera said he cannot intervene into the matter in its current state because it is being handled by Kisoro Municipal Council and its lower leadership.
He says that he can only intervene on the Invitation of Council seeking advice from him.
Councilors speak out on Mayors Garden Saga
Chairperson LC1 Main Village Kayihura Francesca has vowed to keep fight for Mayors garden in public interest irrespective of intimidation from the Police and other invisible hands interested in grabbing the land.
Councilor Nyamagana ward Sebitekerezo Emmanuel said that all the happenings are being masterminded by the Mafia. He called upon the Public to rise up and protect Mayors garden from mafias.
The Kisoro Municipality Speaker Geoffrey Nkurunziza assured the Public that in the next Council sitting, a clear resolution to save Mayors garden will be made.
He warned that granting complete control of Mayors garden to an individual would be damaging to Public Interest since it is a gathering point for many.
Backdrop of Saga:
In the month of July 2021 a group of Councilors from Kisoro Municipality and Central division stormed mayor’s garden stopping a group of People that had put up illegal structures.
They destroyed the structures prompting a police case of theft and Malicious damage of property belonging to Nkunga Adventures Afrika.
Vomuhabura has established that Nkunga Adventures Afrika is well represented in the district leadership structure however when contacted for a comment, they preferred to decline to comment on the matter.