Hoima District Chief Administrative Officer George Ntulume is under fire from councilors for alleged incompetence. The councilors accuse Ntulume of continuously absenting himself from work and failing to oversee the implementation of district projects.
The councilors accuse Ntulume of continuously absenting himself from work and failing to oversee the implementation of district projects.
James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the Kigorobya district councilor says Ntulume is ever in Kampala. Mulindambura says this partly explains the failed implementation of some vital district projects despite fund availability.
The councilor cites the failed take off of the Kigorobya-Kibiro road works and the construction of school latrine facilities among other projects.
Mulindambura, former the chairperson education and health committee, says almost 80% of the schools in the district have poor latrine facilities. He reveals that although funds for these facilities were passed by council, none has been constructed and the financial year is ending.
The CAO is the head of the civil service in the district and the accounting officer.
Mulindambura says the chief finance officer, Ephraim Isingoma, is also taking the same trend. He vows to table a motion seeking the officials’ exit in the next council meeting, if he does not reform.
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Mulindambura has backing from other council members—Francis Kazini for youth and Alpha Opio for Kabwoya Sub County. Kazini says since his posting to the district about a year ago, Ntulume has not settled in office.
The youth councilor advises the CAO to either stay in his Hoima office or that of Kampala where he spends most of the time, before council takes action.
Opio says several times people have come from Kabwoya seeking to meet the CAO in vain as he is never available.
Opio, however, suggests the district chairman should intervene and advise Ntulume before council comes into censure him.
The councilors say the local government act empowers them to monitor service delivery in the district where civil servants are the implementers.
But in a telephone interview, Ntulume denied all the accusations referring the URN reporter to the district chairman who directly supervises him.
The district chairman, George Tinkamanyire Bagonza, was not in office to comment on the councilors’ concerns and all his two known telephone lines were unavailable.