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Nebbi councillors fail to impeach speaker

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By FELIX WAROM OKELLO & PATRICK OKAB

Posted  Friday, February 28   2014 at  02:00

In Summary

Minister of Local Government allows the district speaker to continue with her duties, saying there was no legal basis for the allegations against her.

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Nebbi- There was chaos at a council meeting in Nebbi District as a section of councillors failed to impeach the speaker over abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct.

The attempt arose after some councillors alleged that speaker Ida Fuambe misappropriated condolence money for a deceased colleague.
Councillors insisted that Ms Fuambe would not preside over the Wednesday meeting.

However, the scene turned rowdy and the police were called in to disperse the crowd with teargas. No councillors were arrested.
Ms Fuambe accused her colleagues of being unfocussed, adding that they should dwell on developmental issues instead of engaging in cheap politics.
The councillors had earlier filed a petition to the Minister of Local Government, Mr Adolf Mwesige, to investigate the district speaker before they impeached her.
However, Mr Mwesige exonerated the speaker saying: “There is no evidence that Ms Fuambe received the money from councillors for condolence and used part of the money for personal use. She will continue to execute her duties in accordance with the law.”

Eleven out of 29 councilors had signed the petition.
Mr Mwesige also said the petition did not comply with the law and procedure prescribed in the Local Government Act and standard rules of procedure.
One of the councillors, Mr Lawrence Kisa, said the denial by the speaker to have him table issues showed disrespect to the council business.

Cry foul
“It is surprising that my colleagues who appended their signatures in the petition letter to the ministry of Local Government were all denied access to respond in the council without proper reasons,” he said.

Since the petition was filed, the matter has created divisions among the councillors as meetings have been disrupted.