Councillors throw out town clerk

Friday October 18 2019



The local councillors of western division, Soroti municipality have thrown out their town clerk, accusing him of negligence, misconduct and abuse of office.

Mr Badru Ocengel, the senior assistant town clerk was rejected by way of secrete vote during a full council meeting presided over by the deputy speaker Ms Jacqueline Ayako.

Seven out of the twelve seating councillors voted on Thursday to throw the town clerk out of western division office. He was given three normal working days to leave.

“By virtue that the seven of the twelve members have voted “yes” against the town clerk it means he should go away,” Ms Ayako pronounced.

She directed the LCIII chairperson Mr Samuel Eyobu to coordinate with Soroti municipality authorities for the transfer.

This happened following a submission from the general purpose committee that pinned the accounting officer of indecent conduct and negligence of his official duties.


“We have clear evidence that our working relationship with the senior assistant town clerk is bad and this is an implication that we can no longer afford to work with him because he dodges both committee and council meetings,” Mr John Kokas Osina, the chairperson general purpose committee, said, adding that the conduct of the accounting officer negatively affected service delivery.

Ms Esther Arionget one of the female councillors representing senior quarters ward at the division council said that the officer has been a stumbling block to the council’s operations.

She added that the town clerk has been undermining council’s powers and yet council is the supreme body.

The LC III chairperson western division Mr Samuel Eyobu accused the senior assistant town clerk of signing formal documents without council’s approval.

Mr Moses Otimong, town clerk Soroti municipality said that he could not hurry to give a comment as they were still waiting for official communication from the division.

“Matters are still pending discussion. If anything we are always governed by a principal of natural justice,” he said.