Busia LCV Chairman-Elect Blocked from Swearing-in

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A letter written by John Genda Walala, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government that Adea had been disqualified from holding public office following a conviction by the Anti-Corruption Court in 2013 for receiving bribes. He however appealed against the sentence.

The Ministry of Local Government has blocked the swearing in of the Busia District LC V chairman elect, Ouma Adea saying he illegally participated in the just concluded general election.

A letter written by John Genda Walala, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government that Adea had been disqualified from holding public office following a conviction by the Anti-Corruption Court in 2013 for receiving bribes. He however appealed against the sentence.

The ministry explained that according to section 46 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009, a person convicted of an offence under section 2, shall be disqualified from holding public office for a period of ten years from the date of conviction.

However, the ministry notes that contrary to this, Adea was nominated by the Electoral Commission and subsequently won the district seat in the just concluded general elections.

In response, Phiona Sanyu, the acting Chief Administrative Officer of Busia District has written to Adea, the Electoral Commission Registrar for Busia District and the Chief Magistrate Busia to stay his swearing in as directed.

The letter dated May 18, is also copied to the secretary of the Electoral Commission, the Inspector General of Government, Busia District Chief Administrative Officer and the Chief Magistrate Busia among others.

Adea's troubles started in October 2011, when he was dragged to court by the council for bribery and abuse of office. Six months into his term on November 8, 2011, Adea was charged with soliciting and receiving bribes and abuse of office.

Court found that Adea on various dates in November 2011 corruptly solicited for gratification of 2,000 dollars from Paul Sherwen, the Managing Director of Busitema Mining Company.  The money was an inducement to allow the company survey land at Tiira trading centre in Busitema Sub County in Busia district for purposes of mining gold.

He received the money at Golf Course Hotel on Yusuf Lule road in Kampala. It was against this background that court kicked him out of office.

However, in the just concluded elections, Adea participated and was declared winner. The swearing in ceremony for the local council officials is schedule to start from May 23 - 27 2016.

 

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