Alice Apolot, the LC V councilor of Kateta Sub County says it’s immoral to have staff with forged papers working in the district, especially in sensitive sectors like health and education. She wants the affected persons exposed soon to bring sanity to Serere
David Emokol, the Pingire Sub County LC V councilor, says that there seems to be a sinister motive behind the failure to provide the required documents. He says that the absence of supporting documents is frustrating.
The council comprising of local leaders from Teso, Bukedi, and Kenya among others converged for a meeting on Friday in Serere to pay tribute to the fallen Iteso cultural leader, Augustine Osuban Lemukol Emorimor.
The exercise, according to some concerned individuals in Serere district was done to accommodate applicants who allegedly bribed their way into offices. They claim that the recruitment exercise was highly monetized with influence from the top officials in the district, who reportedly aided the recruitment of their relatives without declaring a conflict of interest.
In the guidelines, no new visitors will be allowed in the villages until the lockdown is lifted by the President. The leaders have also banned the use of public address systems, cooking of food and large gatherings at burials.
The arrest follows a tip-off from residents about the roadworks that were incomplete even after spending 210 million Shillings. Preliminary investigations indicated that all the four sections reportedly worked on by the district were bushy and inaccessible.
The road network in the district has worsened following the rising water levels from Lake Kyoga that has cut off roads to the main landing sites in the district. Currently, Kagwara, Mugarama and Mulondo landing sites main access routes in Serere are inaccessible.
According to Dr Francis Odeke, the District Health Officer, the outpatient department of Serere Health Centre IV receives up to 200 patients daily. He says that the district meets all the required standards for a hospital but the Ministry of Health is reluctant to consider their request.
Serere district was given 20 slots for recruitment of teachers but the District Service Commission recruited 55, in addition to staff in other departments. This left the district with a wage shortfall of more than 664 million Shillings.
“The Chairperson has now threatened to resign with immediate effect, if the CAO is not transferred with immediate effect. The purpose of this communication therefore, is to inform you of the conflict between the Chairperson LCV and the CAO”, the RDC’s letter concludes.
Last month, Serere District Council proposed to carve out Kasilo district from Serere. The proposed district will have four sub-counties and three town councils out of eight sub-counties and five town councils currently operational in Serere district.