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Bukwo Town Clerk's Office Remains Closed

Moses Chemonges, one of the residents told URN that they will only open the offices after the interdiction or transfer of the town clerk and the CDO. He said that they are ready to torch the offices should the officers force their way in.
18 May 2022 11:09
The door to the town clerk's office
The offices of three top Bukwo Town Council officials have remained under lock and key since they were closed two weeks ago by residents. The residents closed the offices of the Town clerk, Engineer and Community Development Officer accusing the officers of corruption.

It took the intervention of the police to save the town clerk, Stephen Kiplimo and his team from the wrath of the angry residents. The closure of the offices has paralysed work in the town council since the officials can not access the premises.

Apparently, some of the people who supplied goods and provided services to the town council can't get their payment. Efforts by the Bukwo Chief Administrative Officer, Charles Ogwang last week to mediate between the community and the affected officials hit a dead end as the residents demanded the interdiction of the town clerk.

Moses Chemonges, one of the residents told URN that they will only open the offices after the interdiction or transfer of the town clerk and the CDO. He said that they are ready to torch the offices should the officers force their way in.

He noted that the town clerk being the accounting officer of the town council has failed to show the impact of the local revenue. “We shall reopen those offices on condition that the minister of local government and Inspector General of government come and see the corruption we are talking about," he said.

Prudent Chelimo, another protestor, said they are tired of missing government services because of the corrupt town clerk who is also good at absenteeism.

“There are many town council assets such as public markets, and plots that have been sold by the town clerk. Now, what will remain for us the people of Bukwo? she asked.  However, the town clerk, Stephen Kiplimo says that the protests were sponsored by some politicians. 

“Am being accused by politicians who want me to give them money for work not done, which I will not accept because I will be the one to suffer,” he said. According to  Kiplimo, some politicians bought the protesters beer to attack him.

Fred Cherop, the Mayor of Bukwo town council said the community has a right to demand better services. “When you see the community coming up in such a manner then they are tired of poor services," he said. Charles Ogwang, the Chief Administrative Officer of Bukwo district has called for calm and allowed his office to address the complaints raised against the officials.