Thursday July 17 2014

Councillors grab LC1 bicycles

By Robert Owot

Pader- Police in Pader District are investigating circumstances under which 16 district councillors and three members of district executive, allegedly distributed among themselves 30 bicycles meant for LCI chairpersons and village health teams.

It is alleged the LC5 councillors stormed the district store last month and walked away with the bicycles.

Pader District Police Commander Ambrose Sabiiti told the Daily Monitor: “The theft case was registered by former chief administrative officer John Nyakahuma on July 4, against the councillors. We have summoned all the district councillors and other leaders who purportedly received the bicycles to record their statement in regards to the bicycles’ theft.”
The LC5 councillor representing people of Puranga Sub-county, Mr Patrick Obwa, confirmed receiving one of the bicycles, saying the district council resolved in May that they should be given the bicycles.

“The district council is supreme. Who is the CAO to refuse implementing the council resolution?” Mr Obwa asked.

“ They were given to district councillors to support our movement within our localities,” he said.

Pajule Sub-county councillor Godfrey Oringa Lago, another recipient of the bicycles, vowed not to return it, arguing that it was given to him by the district council.

The councillors said the district council resolved to give them the remaining bicycles after failure by the district authorities to secure money for buying them motorcycles as approved by council last year.

However, Mr Nyakahuma, who has since been transferred to Soroti District and replaced by Mr Andrew Leru, refused to implement the council resolution.

Pader District chairperson Alfred Akena said: “The bicycles will help the councillors in mobilising locals towards government programmes.”

While handing over to Mr Leru on July 7 at the district headquarters, Mr Nyakahuma said the district received more bicycles than the number of the beneficiaries.