Fire in Obongi as LCV Chairman Fires Vice, Calls for UPDF CAO Amidst Corruption Allegations

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Obongi, Uganda:  The district Chairperson of Obongi, Haji Abibu Buga Khemis, has sacked his vice, Drami Paul Gia, with immediate effect.

Haji announced the sacking of his vice on 8th February during an extraordinary council sitting held at the Obongi district council hall.

Haji Buga told the council meeting that, using powers conferred upon him, he has decided to sack Drami Paul Gia due to abuse of office, causing confusion by taking the district to court for Palorinya sub-county to secede from Obongi, failure to perform delegated tasks, and failure to follow up on resolutions as the leader of government business.



The Obongi district Chairperson received thunderous applause from the district councillors and members of the gallery when he announced the sacking.

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One of the district councilors who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “They are preparing to summon the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government to remove the Obongi CAO, Leru Andrew, and transfer him to another district because he has failed to deliver.”

During the same extraordinary council sitting attended by the RDC of Obongi, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka, and the DISO, Denis Elyebu, the councillors resolved to demote the Acting sub-county chief of Palorinya, Moludrale Thomas, to parish chief and transfer him with immediate effect for failing to perform his duties and causing insecurity in the sub-county.

They resolved that if the CAO, Leru Andrew, does not implement the council resolution within two days, he will be chased from Obongi district come rain or shine.



Why a Section of Councilors Want Museveni to Appoint A CAO With UPDF Background In Obongi

After the council meeting, about four Councilors talked to our reporter and wanted Leru Andrew to be transferred by H.E the president himself, not the Permanent Secretary. “Imagine in the last council meeting we did not get our allowances and today Leru was blocking the council meeting from taking place. Let me tell you, IGG Dr. Patricia Acan has done her best when she visited Obongi last time, but until now, some civil servants are celebrating that the IGG does not have any influence. They only fear the president, and nothing will affect them. Wait and see, that’s why we want a military CAO, not a civilian.”

Another councilor said they will take back the current Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Leru Andrew, by force by locking his office to the PS Local government because they do not want to transfer him. “Why can’t the president organize a day and come to Obongi to sack Leru Andrew because he has a bad past record implicating him of corruption in previous districts of Pader, Amuria, Kole where he worked before being posted to Obongi.”

The concerned councilors want H.E the president to handpick any CAO with UPDF background and deploy in Obongi district immediately because UPDF are disciplined and not corrupt like civilian CAO. Another female councilor who requested that her name be withheld by this publication, narrated that CAO Leru Andrew is having a godfather in Kampala and his days are now numbered to leave Obongi to the next CAO.

When contacted on his known phone number, Mr. Leru Andrew did not respond to our reporter’s repeated phone calls to obtain his side of the story. Another Councilor (name withheld) told our reporter that there is a new term for corruption which has been invented by hardcore criminals in the district, it is called “Sharing the loot together in West Nile”. According to him, the president must get rid of this coordinated corruption association especially in Obongi by deploying UPDF CAO. Even others are called “land grabbers association”, they are here in West Nile,” he lamented.

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