Simon Peter Wonanzofu has asked his vice George Wamalwa to immediately hand over the office and instruments to him. Without divulging more details, the chairman accuses his deputy of incompetence.
Political bickering has hit Bulambuli district local government forcing the Local Council 5 chairman to sack his deputy for yet unknown reasons.
Simon Peter Wonanzofu has asked his vice George Wamalwa to immediately hand over the office and instruments to him.
In his letter to Wamalwa, the district chairman says whereas Section 18 (1) of the Local Government Act Cap 243 gives him the powers to appoint a member into the executive, section 20 (a) of the same Act allows him to remove an executive member on clear grounds. Without divulging more details, the chairman accused his deputy of incompetence and accordingly revoked his appointment with immediate effect.
Wamalwa says he will hand over office, but he has refuted the allegation of incompetence against him by the chairman. He told URN his sacking stemmed from his opposition to the decision by the LC V chairman to support a group of people that has fraudulently sold off a land which is at the center of dispute in Bunambutye and Bwikhonge sub counties in Bulambuli district.
He claims that whereas he is against the idea, the chairman is supporting it and is among the group of people who are wrongfully claiming ownership of the more than 25,000 acres of the land in question, which they illegally sold to MARA Group Of Companies.
The sacking of the vice chairperson has angered some people who accuse the chairman of divide and rule tactics.
A female councilor who declined to be named for fear of reprisal is demanding that the chairman explain to the council the reasons for his action. She says unless the chairman successfully explains to them the reasons behind sacking Wamalwa, they will treat it as a result of a person grudge which should be left out of office matters.
Another councilor who is also an executive member says they will not approve any new appointment by Wonanzofu to replace Wamalwa, if the chairman fails to explain to them why his deputy.
He claims that Wamalwa was a very active leader in the council who initiated several good development ideas and policies for the council which have helped revamp health and education sectors of the district.
Simon Peter Wamoto, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner is concerned that the political bickering within the executive members may affect the performances of the affected councilors, thus affecting service delivery in the district.