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The raid on the CAOs office comes barely a day after unidentified persons dropped protest notes on manila cards at her home in Bar Dege Division, Gulu Municipality in the wee hours of Monday night.

Work grounded to a halt at Gulu District Headquarters this afternoon when four councilors stormed the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Dorothy Ajwang demanding that she hands over office. The group stormed Ajwang's office at about 1PM accusing her for alleged incompetence, abuse of office and corruption amongst others.

 
They included Simon Peter Oola, the LC V Vice Chairperson, Rose Amono Abilli, the LC V councilor Bungatira Sub County, Santa Oketa, LC V councilor Layibi and Bar Dege Divisions and their Palaro Sub county counterpart, Patrick Kinyera. Oola accused the CAO of chronic absenteeism, failure to monitor government programmes and supervise her subordinates.
 
 
He also accused her of illegally occupying a public office and causing financial loss to the district. The councilors were infuriated further when they found Ajwang locked inside her office. They banged her office door demanding that she opens while threaten to force their way should she fail to comply with their demands.
 
 
Ajwang made a distraught call to the Gulu District Police Commander, Martin Okoyo who sits at Gulu Central Police station, located about 100 meters away to come to her rescue. Okoyo dashed to the district headquarters backed by heavily armed anti-riot personnel and took Ajwang for safe custody at Gulu central Police station.
 
 
He asked the councilors to return to work before they are picked up for assaulting a public officer. He locked the CAO's office and went with the keys to Gulu central Police station. By the time of filing this report, four plain clothed police officers had deployed outside the CAO's office to monitor the situation. Despite being dispersed the visibly angry councilors vowed to do everything within their means to force Ajwang from the district.
 
 
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu LC V Chairperson has not yet commented as he wasn't available during the incident. The raid on the CAO's office comes barely a day after unidentified persons dropped protest notes on manila cards at her home in Bar Dege Division, Gulu Municipality in the wee hours of Monday night.
 

Last week, the councilors petitioned the Local Government and Public Service Ministry to transfer Ajwang from the district on a number of accusations including incompetence, corruption, abuse of office and mismanagement among others.