Tension As Semuto Town Clerk is Reinstated

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In hot seat;The Semuto town clerk Emmanuel Luyonde Brian Luwaga

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However, Richard Alioka, the Nakaseke Deputy Chief Administrative Officer nullified the transfer of Luyonde on 30th July 2013 and re-instated him as Town clerk of Semuto town council.

Tension is mounting in Semuto town council over the reinstatement of Emmanuel Luyonde as town clerk. On 1st July 2013, Joyce Loyce Namboozo, the former Nakaseke Chief Administrative Officer transferred Luyonde to Butalangu town council and replaced him with Florence Namugenyi. It came after councilors of Semuto town council passed a vote of no confidence in Luyonde and petitioned the CAO to interdict him on six grounds. They included mismanagement of funds, abuse of office, incompetence and misuse of government vehicles amongst others.

However, Richard Alioka, the Nakaseke Deputy Chief Administrative Officer nullified the transfer of Luyonde on 30th July 2013 and re-instated him as Town clerk of Semuto town council. Alioka told URN Reporter that the town clerks are none transferable adding that, the former CAO erred by doing so. He also claims that the charges brought against Luyonde are insufficient to have him interdicted. Alioka says he has ordered police to investigate Luyonde while he is still in office. However, the reinstatement of Luyonde has not gone down well with residents and local leaders.

They have vowed to stage protests to challenge the reinstating of Luyonde in office. Micheal Lwalanda, the LC 3 chairperson Semuto town council says he has suspended executive meetings saying he can’t preside over the meetings when Luyonde is the secretary yet councilors passed a vote of no confidence in him. Lwalanda says they will not approve the budget estimates for the financial year 2013/14 until Luyonde is interdict or transferred. Lwalanda says that the former CAO Joyce Namboozo  cited sections  A(a- i) and of  Uganda Government standing Orders while transferring Luyonde and wonders which guidelines the Deputy CAO used to reverse the decision.

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Mustapha Mayambala, the Health Center Ward Councilor claims that even some members of the public have rejected Luyonde as town clerk and have shunned paying taxes over his alleged misconduct. Mayambala says the town clerk has also failed to collect garbage leading to poor sanitation. James Muganzi, a resident of Ssemuto town council says Luyonde might resort to influence peddling which may jeopardize the outcome of the probe. Muganzi says they want Luyonde interdicted as investigations are ongoing.

Richard Mavuma, the Ssemuto Town council LC V councilor claims that he has received some information showing that some district officials are blocking the transfer of Luyonde on selfish grounds. He however, says that they will not allow him to serve amidst such overwhelming allegations of mismanagement and abuse of office. Mavuma says they are willing to petition Minister of Local government and Parliament to intervene in the matter. Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke LC 5 Chairman has thrown his weight behind residents. Koomu says that he has consulted the Public Service Ministry which has informed him that town clerks are transferable like any other civil servants.

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Emmanuel Luyonde, the embattled town clerk denies all the allegations against him saying there is no formal report implicating him.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.