Wednesday January 2 2013

Nakaseke LCs give ultimatum on chairman’s missing vehicle

By Dan Wandera

Nakaseke District councillors have given a 15-day ultimatum to the chief administrative officer (CAO) and the district works department to return to the headquarters the official chairperson’s car that has been missing for the last six months since it was reportedly taken to a garage for repair.

The councillors, led by Kinoni Sub-county councillor, Mr Stephen Jojojo, claim that the CAO, Ms Joyce Nambozo, and other technical officials have continued undermining the office of the district chairman, Mr Ignatious Koomu Kiwanuka, and the entire council by refusing to update the executive about the vehicle.

“We are giving the CAO and the works department team 15 days to have this vehicle brought here at the district headquarters in whatever condition it is because we are not even sure whether the vehicle is really in a garage,” said Mr Jojojo.

“Our chairman is using a vehicle attached to Kikamula Health Centre, where the residents are angery over the continued use of this vehicle by the district chairman.”

Mr Jojojo adds that they have been given empty promises each time they ask about the vehicle, saying it is the reason they decided to give an ultimatum.

Nakaseke District council speaker Enoch Nyongole told the Daily Monitor on Monday that the chairman as head of the district political wing cannot execute his duties of monitoring projects and service delivery programmes without any means of transport.

“We allocated an official car to the office of the district chairman because we know that he is supposed to monitor programmes throughout the district. The councillors have lost patience with the continued promises to have the vehicle put back on road but they have not got a positive response.” Mr Nyongole said.

“We think the technical people concerned will this time respond because the district chairman is the political head of the district with many roles to play which call for sound means of transport.”
The district information officer Ramathan Kato yesterday told this newspaper that the vehicle was in one of the garages in Wandegeya, Kampala, and would be returned to the district by next week.