Gatabazi announced the decision following cases in the provincial agriculture consultative meeting that took place last week.
During the meeting, the governor found some local government officials charting and ordered them to leave their handsets outside the conference room in subsequent meetings.
Speaking to IGIHE this morning, Gatabazi explained that telephone engagements tend to distract members from giving attention to salient issues under discussion and later translate into poor implementation.
“We were discussing important issues which impact the public; I saw some leaders busy on social media. This implies that they were outside the meeting dealing in own affairs” he said.
He said that punitive actions will be taken immediately against culprits, attracting sanctions that are yet to be determined. “I am going to communicate this directive to all mayors,” he said.