Residents Petition Museveni Over RDC's Academic Qualifications

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In their petition, residents want President Museveni to intervene and order investigations to ascertain the academic qualifications of Odongo.

In their petition, the group wants President Museveni to intervene by directing for a special investigation to ascertain the academic qualifications of RDC Odongo (Okwany-Aguti).

A group of residents in Lira District have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni seeking the removal of the Resident District Commissioner, Milton Odongo alias Okwany Aguti.

The November 11th, 2019 petition signed by about 200 residents drawn mainly from the ruling National Resistance Movement party in Lira district was received by Esther Mbayo, the Presidency Ministry on November 19.

Mbayo is in charge of RDCs across the country. In their petition, residents want President Museveni to intervene and order investigations to ascertain the academic qualifications of Odongo.

The RDC is being accused by Milton Odongo, a teacher at Omwonylee Primary school in Ogor Sub County of impersonation, theft of his academic qualifications and threatening violence.

The complainant accuses the RDC, who he claims is Okwany Aguti of using his Primary Leaving Examination and Ordinary level certificates, which he obtained in 1988 and 1994 respectively.

Jonal Okot, a Youth Councilor at Ojwina Division and lead petitioner, says the RDC must be investigated and subsequently removed from office for lack of the requisite academic qualification.   

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He cites Article 203 (2) of the 1995 Constitution and section 70 (2) of the Local Government Act Cap 243 as amended that state that for any person to be appointed to the office of the Resident District Commissioner, shall be a citizen of Uganda and qualified to be a member of parliament.        

Okot wants President Museveni to cause an independent investigation on the academic papers, which Odongo used to formalize his appointment as RDC because he has caused enormous shame on the office of the President.        

Moses Okello, another resident of Adyel Division and NRM mobilizer, says it a shame for the President's office to appoint unqualified person at the expense of many disciplined and qualified Ugandans.  Okello says they also want President Museveni to restrain the RDC from threatening Odongo, the genuine owner of the said academic papers.   

Minister Esther Mbayo has confirmed receiving the petition, saying it is being reviewed and handled administratively.  Benjamin Serwango, the Otuke Chief Magistrate has already summoned the RDC to appear on December, 4th to respond to charges of theft, impersonation and uttering false documents among others.  

The criminal case number 172 of 2019 was filed under Private prosecution by Milton Odongo through his lawyers of Makmot and Company Advocates.  "I can confirm that Okwany Aguto who is holding the office of the Resident District Commissioner of Lira is using my using my academic papers bearing my name Milton Odongo and is now threatening me with criminal prosecution as well as threatening my life," Odongo's affidavit reads in part.                   


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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.