Tuesday June 10 2014

Principal secretary to CAO under fire

By Dan Micheal Komakech

KITGUM- Sub-county chairpersons in Kitgum District have given the district leadership a five-day ultimatum to stop the principal secretary to the chief administrative officer (CAO) from being a co-signatory to all lower local governments accounts.

Ms Rhoda Oroma was appointed as CAO’s co-signatory to lower local governments’ accounts of Chua County at a district council resolution in the financial year 2006/2007.

However, the chairpersons said Ms Oroma has failed to implement bank transactions on time, something that is hampering implementation of sub-county programmes and procurement processes.
In a June 5 letter addressed to the CAO, the chairpersons, under their umbrella body, Kitgum District Sub-county Chairpersons Association (KIDSCCA), requested the CAO to immediately replace Ms Oroma with a more competent official. The ultimatum began on June 6.

However, in an interview with the Daily Monitor, Ms Oroma denied frustrating any sub-county development plans, saying the chairpersons want her out with intentions of swindling public funds.

But KIDSCCA secretary Francis Opyere said they will take the matter into their own hands if the district does not act against Ms Oroma.

“Failure by the district to comply will leave us with no other options but to block all the district and sub-county accounts as we seek legal redress from other relevant authorities,” said Mr Opyere.

The CAO, Mr David Okuraija Omulangira, acknowledged receiving the letter but declined to give details, saying the district is handling the matter administratively.