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Nwoya District Chaos: Leaders Want RDC Dismissed

Nwoya District Chaos: Leaders Want RDC Dismissed

A crisis-hit Nwoya District Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Christopher Omara, has come out to narrate why the district technical staff and political leaders want him out of the district.

Apparently, the district council speaker, Mr Tonny Okello, blocked a motion to a motion to dismiss Mr. Omara. This was on Monday afternoon at a meeting at Nwoya District council hall over lack of evidence.

In the meeting attended by more than 25 councilors in Anaka Town on Monday, Mr Kenneth Odong, the councilor for Alero Sub-county, rose to table the motion to seek the council approval to remove Mr Omara from the district.

Mr Odong said: “The Local Government Act CAP 243, part IV, Section 30 provides very clear guidelines and mandates of district councils. We discovered that our current RDC, Mr Omara has faulted in a lot of ways. I request the council to recommend to the appointing authority his removal from Nwoya.”

Mr Odong also alleged that the RDC interferes with local revenue collection of the district. “Our revenue officers are always chased away on the orders of the RDC each time they visit some of the investors and commercial farmers,” he said.

However, the Nwoya District speaker blocked the councilors from debating the motion, citing lack of evidence, making it null and void.

“By the power given to me as the speaker, I defer this motion to the next council meeting on March 31. This is while waiting for the mover of the motion to provide the particulars of the motion. As we wait, let us keep quiet as district authorities and politicians. Let the RDC also keep quiet but work together with the others,” Okello said.

Mr Okello also asked Mr. Omara to apologize in writing to the council. Apparently, this is for abusing them in statements at funerals and other gatherings. He also wants him to withdraw his statement about the councillors stealing bicycles.

Meanwhile, Mr Omara said the allegations levied against him were fabricated. They are meant to derail him from his efforts to secure Nwoya out of corruption.

Apparently, this is an attempt to deter him from recovering the PDM funds they allegedly mismanaged.

“This is blackmail, the councillors are being used by the district technical officials to fight me. This is because I have been fighting their corrupt tendencies. They intend to boot me out because I am stopping people from eating money,” Mr Omara said.

A month ago, Mr Omara had kicked off an inquiry into the alleged misappropriation of Emyooga funds.

“The Emyooga you know very well, I have found that the secretary in the RDC’s office is also a secretary of the saloon operators’ group. How can someone from the office of the RDC be a group member, and they are relatives,” he said.

Background

According to the Daily Monitor, when the Nwoya District RDC, Mr Christopher Omara, ordered the arrest of officials who failed to return Shs208 million meant for the Parish Development Programme (PDM) in September 2022, it marked the beginning of his troubles. Police arrested six district technical officials and ordered them to return more than Shs170 million in October, which they allegedly misappropriated.

The government had disbursed Shs417 million as a start-up fund for the implementation of the PDM activities. These included administrative costs, salaries, procurement of equipment, and revolving fund to approved groups in Nwoya. Of Shs262 million meant for the revolving fund for 44 parishes, only Shs104 million was deposited.

At least Shs60 million was meant to pay the salaries of parish chiefs. However, an investigation revealed that Shs99 million was spent. Additionally, equipment such as computers had a budget of Shs49 million but no equipment was procured.

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