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Buikwe CAO Locked out of Office, Accused of Incompetence

The councillors had earlier in the month passed a resolution calling for an investigation of reports that the procurement officer was taking bribes from contractors and service providers and failing to avail performance reports to the district finance council committee for review.
The procurement officer Laban Waisswa being escoted by police away from the district premises.

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Buikwe district councillors have closed the office of the Chief Administrative Officer-CAO George Ntulume accusing him of incompetence. They specifically faulted for failing to take action against the procurement Officer, Laban Waiswa, who was accused of being corrupt.  

The councillors had earlier in the month passed a resolution calling for an investigation of reports that the procurement officer was taking bribes from contractors and service providers and failing to avail performance reports to the district finance council committee for review.  

Wilson Ssebabi, a representative of Persons with Disabilities-PWDs specifically accused Waiswa of extorting money from the contractors on almost every project they handle in the district. He demanded that the officer be forced to return all the money he has extorted from the companies, which however wanted to remain anonymous.  

Nkokonjeru Sub County Councilor Ignatius Bwogi says that a number of contractors had lodged complaints against the officer, stating that almost half of their would-be profit, is spent as a kickback to district officials. He adds that the practice affects the quality of service provided as service providers struggle to maximize profits.  

The councillors tasked the CAO to head the investigation and present his findings within a period of two weeks. In vengeance, a group of 12 councillors locked the CAO’s office on Thursday afternoon saying that he was condoning corruption by failing to act.  They also denied access to the procurement officer.  

Nyenga Sub County Councilor David Onyango has now called for the intervention of the Inspectorate of Government and the State House anti-Corruption Unit to deal with the officers in question.    

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  The CAO and the procurement officers declined to talk to journalists. However, Buikwe Resident District Commissioner-RDC Jane Francis Kagaayi condemned the act calling it inappropriate for councillors to close the office of technocrats given the limited time they have in fulfilling schedules.  

“The CAO’s office has a lot of issues to handle and it is out an order for councillors to block him from accessing it but we have called a meeting to look into their issues we going to reach an amicable solution,” Kagaayi promised.