Kole Council Rejects District Service Commission Nominees

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The nominations were rejected by the council on grounds that they are not residents of the district.

Kole District Council has rejected officials nominated for appointment to the District Service Commission.

The district chairperson, Betty Nam Akoli, nominated five people as commissioners: John Charles Otunu and Eugine Bosco Opio from Alito Sub County,Sophia Akite Ocoo, John Peter Okello from Aboke Sub county, and Nicholas Okello from Ayer town council.

However, all the nominations were rejected by the council on grounds that they are non residents of the district.

Denis Omara, a member of the district council accused the district executive committee headed by Betty Nam Akoli, the chairperson, of violating Local Government Act section 22,(2,c) which, require every nominee to be a legitimate ordinary resident of the district.

Betty Akello, another member of the district council claims the nominees were only picked from three sub counties of Alito, Ayer town council and Aboke, sidelining the sub counties of Balla and Akalo.

But Betty Nam Akoli, the district chairperson, dismissed the allegations, saying she nominated the officials in accordance with Local Government Act section 54 and 56, which require each nominee to have required academic qualification, a person of high moral standing in the society.

Akoli insists she will resubmit the same list of nominees in the next district council meeting for approval before forwarding it to Public Service Commissions.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.