"This lady is not fit to be RDC. She has frustrated government programs like Emyooga, which has failed to take off yet the government has already sent funds to the district and she is the Chairperson of the Emyooga task force. She also failed to intervene in the scandal of the over Shillings 7 billion meant for four roads leading to shoddy work and frustration of the project and many others," he said.
programs in Abim district are paralyzed because of the fight between the Resident
District Commissioner, Ms. Juliet Najuma Senkole and the political leaders. This
has prompted the LC V Chairperson, Rtd. Captain Yuventine O'Mara Adyeda to
write a protest letter to the office of the president demanding the immediate transfer
of the RDC for allegedly creating confusion and frustrating government programs
in the district.
“This is to bring to your attention that the leadership of Abim is
requesting you to remove the current RDC Abim Juliet NAJUMA SENKOLE,” reads the
July 19th letter addressed to the Minister in Charge of the presidency. Adyeba claims
that Najuma has been using his daughter to sign allowances as her escort yet
she is a civilian and not attached to any security forces.
He also accuses Najuma of undermining the
political leadership in Abim district. “Since she was transferred to
Abim has been involved in creating confusion in the district, frustrating
government programs, promoting disunity, arrogance, misinformation, frustrating
the fight against COVID -19 in the district and corruption among others,” said Adyeba.
Adding that, “She forcefully and illegally occupied a
doctor's house which she has stubbornly refused to vacate. Since she came to
Abim, she has frustrated investigations of various corruption scandals in the
district. The same RDC has failed to expose and failed to cause investigations
against corruption as per the local government act. She works in insolation of
all the political leaders and technical staff in the district. Since she came
she doesn't work with the deputy RDC. For instance she delegates non-staff to
do official work. She has always been absent from her work station
claiming to be a student at university at the expense of government
programs," the letter reads.
Adyeba confirmed writing the letter saying the RDC has frustrated a lot of
developmental projects in the district and should be transferred elsewhere. "This
lady is not fit to be RDC. She has frustrated government programs like
Emyooga, which has failed to take off yet the government has already sent funds
to the district and she is the Chairperson of the Emyooga task force. She also
failed to intervene in the scandal of the over Shillings 7 billion meant for
four roads leading to shoddy work and frustration of the project and many
others," he said.
Najuma declined to comment on the matter when contact
and demanded to know who told our reporter about the letter. "I don't know
what you’re talking about who told you?” she said before hanging up her phone. Early this month, a team from the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda Abim
branch led by Mr. Vincent Okee Phility Petty, the program officer wrote a
letter to the statehouse anti-corruption unit to investigate Abim RDC for forcefully
entering medical staff houses.
Grace Awilli, one of the anticorruption monitors
said the behaviour of the RDC will undermine the importance of the RDC’s office
in the district.