Campaigns Paralyze Kitgum District Council Meeting

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After three separate adjournments, the council meeting was called off because quorum could not be raised. The law requires at least 50 of members to conduct a council meeting.

Kitgum district council on Monday failed to conduct its first full council meeting for 2015/2016 financial year over lack of quorum. It was reported that the NRM primaries and other political activities are keeping councilors busy.

The district speaker, Geoffrey Oguti told URN he was forced to adjourn the meeting to Tuesday after realizing only nine of the twenty two councilors on three separate attempts. He says no councilor had tendered in an apology for skipping the meeting. 

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Oguti says with majority of his councilors subscribing to NRM party, many of them are too disgruntled by results of the recently concluded elections of NRM party structures to turn up for the meeting. He also blames NRM National Secretariat for postponing the party primaries and ongoing consultations with voters.

The meeting was to consider among others, the State of the District Affairs by the district Chairperson, the District Security Committee Report by the Resident District Commissioner, Committee Reports and Address by Development partners, among others. 

Emmanuel Lapyem, the Male Youth Representative and also deputy speaker is among those who showed up late for the meeting. He says he left scores of councilors outside council chamber as he joined the meeting.

Lapyem says the meeting flopped because the whips did not manage their members well.

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Layamo sub-county councilor, Tony Blair Toolit was disappointed with colleagues for failing to conduct business. He says this is the service to their people and councilors should finish their term before embarking on campaigns.

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About the author

Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.