Soroti Councilor Could Lose Seat over Absenteeism

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Charles Edotu, the councilor for Moruapesur ward in Eastern Division, has reportedly been absent from his duty station without official leave for many months raising concerns over his duties, whereabouts and status at work.

A local council representative in Soroti municipality has attracted the wrath of his voters and the council for absconding from work. Charles Edotu, the councilor for Moruapesur ward in Eastern Division, has reportedly been absent from his duty station without official leave for many months raising concerns over his duties, whereabouts and status at work.
 
Simon Odeke, a resident of Moruapesur ward, said he is concerned that their representative has gone missing for many months now without representing their interests at the municipal council. Odeke said they have needs ranging from health, water and roads that require improvement but their political representative is no longer doing his job.
 
Edotu’s absence has also attracted the interest of his colleagues. Richard Ecaat, the councilor for Nakatunya ward in central division, says that they have made several attempts to inquire about Edotu’s whereabouts in vain.
 
Christine Anyait, a secretary to the Social services committee to which Edotu belongs said she has even made attempts to visit his home to meet him but could not find him.
 
Richard Okello, the Soroti municipal council Clerk said Edotu has stayed away from both the main council and committee meetings.
 
Ecaat warned that they would be prompted to announce the position occupied by Edotu vacant if his absence stretches to three consecutive meetings. URN could not locate Edotu to get his response to the allegations.
 
Michael Oguttu, the Soroti Electoral Commission registrar, has said it is the duty of the council to notify them about any vacant positions for them to organize for by-elections. He said such can only happen if an elected Local Councilor misses three consecutive main council meetings. He said that the electorates could also issue a vote of no confidence by raising a petition with two-thirds of the population in the area.
 
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