The Namayingo District Council has overwhelmingly voted in favour of a motion to petition President Museveni to transfer the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Mpimbaza Hashaka, and the district police commander, Mr Johnson Kiconco, from the district.
The councillors accuse the two of failure to stem the wave of insecurity that has been experienced in the district in recent months.
Mr Hashaka has worked in Namayingo for less than four months, having been transferred from Kampala where he was the Resident City Commissioner early in February following President Museveni’s reshuffle of RDCs.
The motion was moved by the district councillor representing Banda Sub-county, Mr Livingstone Makokha Omuhombe, and supported by the District chairperson, Mr Wilber Waiswa Obondo, during a council meeting held on Friday last week.
Invoking Section 73 of the Local Governments Act, which provides that a district council may recommend to the appointing authority the removal of the RDC, the councilors accuse the duo of conniving with thieves who broke into the premises of the Namayingo Buyinja Sacco in March and later setting the premises on fire.
The councillors claim the duo later caused the disappearance of several items that had been gathered as evidence against those suspected to have caused the fire that destroyed audited books of accounts, office furniture, computers, generators, bicycles and motorcycles, all worth an estimated Shs100 million. “Basing on the above evidence, the district leaders are in danger because of incompetence being exhibited by the police force” read the petition in parts.
Both Mr Hashaka and Mr Kiconco, who were in attendance, were not allowed to defend themselves. However, Mr Hashaka later told this newspaper the allegations were out of bitterness and aimed at distracting him from completing his investigations into some of the district leaders’ activities.
Mr Hashaka said recent operations against illegal fishing had resulted into the confiscation of illegal fishing gears that are owned by the district chairperson, Mr Wilber Waiswa Obondo, and his vice, Ms Anastansia Koni Ndira. The duo, however, denied owning illegal fishing gears.
Mr Hashaka and Mr Kiconco were also accused of failure to submit to the District Council a report on the recent theft of a gun from the Electoral Commission offices and the killing of the OC of Idokwe Police Post, Mr Julius Owori, who was gunned down by unknown thugs who attacked the police post. The councillors also alleged that Mr Hashaka’s driver and his Personal Assistant, who they did not name, have been extorting money from unsuspecting residents.