Nakaseke Power Struggles: LC 5 Chairman Suspends Executive Meetings

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In short
The Nakaseke LC 5 Chairman has suspended district executive meetings until the permanent Secretary in Ministry of Local Government takes disciplinary action against the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

The Nakaseke LC 5 Chairman has suspended district executive meetings until the permanent Secretary in Ministry of Local Government takes disciplinary action against the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
 
A district executive meeting was slated to take place on Tuesday February 12th, 2013 to evaluate the performance and progress of government programmes but this has been called off.
 
The Chairman LC 5 Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka and district Executive Members accuse CAO Joyce Loyce Namboozo of failing to utilise 583 million shillings in financial year 2011/12. They also accuse her of failure to implement council resolutions, undermining political leadership and cordoning corruption in civil servants among others.
 
In a letter dated 7th February 2013 addressed to her and obtained by URN, the Nakaseke LC 5 Chairman Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka says that he has suspended all Executive meetings because the council passed a vote of no confidence in the CAO who is supposed to act as the secretary in the meetings.
 
The vote of no confidence was passed on December 20th, 2012. The council also resolved to request the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Local government Patrick Bitabire to sack her. They cited 11 grounds for termination of her service including cordoning corruption, incompetence, and undermining political leaders.
 
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The Vice Chairman of Nakaseke district Richard Mavuma supports the agitation to sack the district CAO.
 
Mavuma says that in one of their last executive meetings, they ordered the CAO to fuel the newly donated tractors to commence their work of repairing 77 kilometres of roads in vain.
 
However the Speaker of Nakaseke District Council Enock Nyongore says that the chairman’s move to suspend executive meetings is unfortunate because the general council meeting slated on February 28th, 2013 will have no business to discuss.
 
Nyongore believes the decision to suspend executive meetings will affect service delivery and supervision roles of the councillors as well.
 
James Mugema a resident of Nakaseke town council says that currently roads are now impassable and residents are stuck with produce in villages. He says that they thought the Executive and General council will discuss this and take action which may not happen.
 
By time of filling the story, the Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Loyce Namboozo had not received the letter suspending the meetings and couldn’t comment.
 
However in a letter addressed to permanent Secretary Patrick Bitabire in regard to resolution demanding for sacking by council which URN obtained and dated 23rd January 2013, she denies the accusations. She admits there are delays in council resolutions implementation but that is by factors beyond her control. 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.