Magyezi Warns Ugandans against Forging Village Stamps
By our reporter
Raphael Magyezi, the Minister of Local Governments (MoLG) has asked Ugandans to desist from attempting to forge the newly issued standardized village stamps.
Magyezi boasted that it is very difficult to forge these stamps since they have security marks with codes that are known by the officials only.
“These stamps were made with high security features with an aim of curbing poor service delivery that had been brought up due to low quality stamps that were easy to be forged and ends up giving fraudsters chances of committing crimes using the name of LC ones and two,” he said
He made these remarks while issuing of standardized stamps, to leaders at Kabarole District headquarters last week.
The stamps were received by districts leaders including; LCIVs, Resident District Commissioners (RDC), and Chief Administrative Officers from the nine districts in the Rwenzori sub region that include; Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Kasese, Kitagwenda and Fort portal Tourism City.
Magyezi told the Chairpersons to convene meetings in their respective villages where they will declare the stamps to locals and to ask the president’s question about education on whether it should remain a parent contributory Universal education or totally free education for all.
In the same meeting at LCs where to find out among their villages how many homes were growing food beyond their stomachs with a reserve to put to market to generate house hold incomes, and to mobilize communities to continue a spirited fight against the pandemic Covid19 and continue working hand in hand with district health teams especially Covid19 task force.
Stamps issuance according to the Minister was conducted countrywide with all respective leaders gathering across their sub region to receive the stamps that will be distributed to lower local government Local Councils.
“Each village will receive a uniform stamp that was done to reduce on forgery, theft, impersonation that is on rise in many parts of country,” he said.
Swizin Mugyema Commissioner of Local Governments at MoLG said that the reason to introduce new standardized stamps was to make it an official property of the government to reduce to those that consider them personal being the ones that purchased them and be handed over to the next regime if one is leaving office.
Speaking at the function, Richard Rwabuhinga the Kabarole District LCV Chairperson requested the Minister to consider all Local Council executives at the level of villages and parishes in giving them allowances like the little given to the chairpersons which will affluence them to do their work willingly.
“The Shs 120,000 received by the chairman LC1 creates a problem for them to operate with their executive since will not agree on who to work and the desire is to create an opportunity to them too other than supporting only the Chairpersons,” he said
Rwabuhinga added that there is a need to increase their salaries too since they hold the same qualifications as the members of parliament but earn less but do much.