Kasese Leaders Want CAO Transferred

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Kasese LCV Chairperson Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo says the Turyaheebwa has been advised by the executive on several occasions on the management of the district but he has remained adamant.

Kasese district leaders want the Chief Administrative Officer Hanny Turyaheebwa transferred from Kasese over what they call incompetence and non-cooperation with the district executive.

Kasese LCV Chairperson Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo says the Turyaheebwa has been advised by the executive on several occasions on the management of the district but he has remained adamant.

URN has learnt that a district executive resolved that Bigogo writes to the permanent secretary in the ministry of local government to have Turyaheebwa who has been in the district for one and half years now transferred.

There has been some bad blood between the district executive and the CAO following his decision to write to the ministry of local government communicating about a controversial council decision to have Kasese district split. The district chairperson and the executive had resolved not to forward this resolution to the ministry.

This bad blood was exacerbated by the decision of the ministry of agriculture to withdraw one of the cars belonging to the extension department of Kasese district over misuse.

In March, the ministry of agriculture donated a double cabin Toyota Hilux vehicle registration number UBE 653Q that was meant to be used by the production department to ease coordination of agricultural extension services to farmers within the district. Turyaheebwa, however, decided to keep the vehicle.

Bigogo says they have on several occasions told the CAO to give the vehicle to the rightful users but has remained adamant until it was recalled by the ministry of agriculture which cited misuse of the vehicle.

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The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of agriculture Pius Wakabi says the vehicle had been installed with a tracking device to monitor its usage and a message was passed that the vehicle had been given for the sole role of Agricultural Extension Service. He, however, says the vehicle has not been put to its intended purpose.

"It has come to my knowledge that you chose to allocate the motor vehicle to yourself on the claim that you're the accounting officer. This has seriously disrupted the programmes for which the motor vehicle is intended to support." Reads part of Wakabi's letter.

Bigogo says the district cannot continue with a chief administrative officer who is not willing to listen to advice from the district executive that envisions the direction the district should take.

He also accused the CAO of failing to prevail over errant civil servants that he accused of not executing their duties.

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Turyaheebwa says he is not bothered by whether the district wants him transferred or not. He dismissed the argument that he is superintending over a dysfunctional civil service arguing that he only deploys workers where he thinks they will serve better.

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 Turyaheebwa also said the argument that he is not supposed to use the vehicle is misguided because he is also an extension worker since he is the overall supervisor of all extension workers in the district. He claims the production department already has four vehicles to use yet his office doesn't have one.

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But Bigogo says the chief administrative officer cannot claim he has no car yet the district has so many cars that need repair. He says as one, who generates the budget Turyaheebwa ought to have included funds for the repair of the faulty vehicles in order to put them to use.

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About the author

Kule Jerome Bitswande
Jerome Kule Bitswande is the URN pioneer Bureau Chief-Kasese.

He's passionate to write about public policy, culture and politics.

Before joining URN in April 2018, Jerome had written for Radio One and Two, The Observer and New Vision.

Jerome strongly believes that it is only the common man that has the untold story. And it is that untold story whose narration he wants to be party to.

The two-time Award Winner with Media Challenge Initiative also believes the Kasese and entire Rwenzururu story is yet to be told; it's against that background that when URN assigned him to his cradle, he did not give it a second thought.

Todate, he's fondly called the Rwenzururu Royal Guard by peers and workmates.