Councilors Storm CAO Demanding Removal of Sub County Chief

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According to the petition, the sub county council had moved a motion to relieve Obale of his duties until he is transferred to another area.

Councilors of Kamuda Sub County in Soroti district have stormed the office of the Chief Administrative Officer-CAO to protest the conduct of their sub county chief. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening. 

Led by James Alecu, the speaker Kamuda sub county, the councilors handed the CAO two petitions, in which they accuse the sub county chief Herbert Obale of abuse of office, negligence of duties, absenteeism, failure to account for funds and causing loss of sub county assets such as a Laptop and Printer.
 
They also claimed in the petition, that Obale’s working relationship had reached unbearable levels. According to the petition, the sub county council had moved a motion to relieve Obale of his duties until he is transferred to another area. Alacu and the councilors demanded that the CAO effect Obale’s transfer immediately.

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In a 9th August 2014 petition signed by Johnson Adengu, the acting Kamuda sub county LC 3 chairperson, Obale is also accused of withdrawing 1.5 million shillings to facilitate the burial of the former LC 3 chairperson but only 800, 000 shillings was declared to the burial committee.
 
He also says that, the sub county chief withdrew another 3.2 million shillings meant for working on Agama road and illegally diverted it to Abuja road.
 
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John Nyakahuma, Soroti Chief Administrative Officer promised to respond to the petition after studying the matter. He also said he would summon Obale to give his side of the story before taking any decision. He says all the issues concerning funds will be investigated by the district Auditor while the issue of alleged theft of office equipment will be handled by police.

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Efforts by URN to reach Obale were futile as he didn’t pick up his phone.
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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.