By the time of his election, the workers representative James Ocan Oyaro was serving as the Human Resource Personnel Officer at Patongo Town Council. He was subsequently appointed the Senior Assistant Secretary for Lamiyo Sub County in Agago district, an office he assumed on Friday.
Richard Odong, a councillor representing Wol Sub County in Agago District is demanding the resignation of the district Male Workers’ Representative for failing to relinquish a public office.
the time of his election, the workers representative James Ocan Oyaro was
serving as the Human Resource Personnel Officer at Patongo Town Council. He was subsequently appointed the Senior Assistant Secretary for Lamiyo Sub County in Agago
district, an office he assumed on Friday.
argues that Oyaro cannot concurrently work as a policymaker and as a
policy implementer because there is a likelihood that his independence will be compromised during the formulation of policies, budget appropriation, and implementation. Odong has petitioned the office of the Chief Administrative Officer and the
Electoral Commission over the same.
to Odong, the Constitution of Uganda, the
Local Government Act and the Public Service Standing Orders bar civil servants
from holding political office and engaging in active
politics. The Local Government
Act provides that any person holding a public office should resign before nominations if they wish to be elected for any political
in; “I wrote a….
now wants the office of the Chief Administrative Officer to compel Oyaro to
either relinquish his position as the Senior Assistant Secretary or as district councillor representing workers other than occupying two public offices
Agago district Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Oloya Gunya acknowledges receiving
the petition saying indeed the law bars civil servants from engaging in active
politics and being a politician in a district council that employs
however says his office is seeking the legal opinion of the Solicitor General on the representation of special interests groups before appropriate action is taken.
in; “I’m drafting…
out….on the same.”//
Agago district Returning Officer Richard Olar Onooba says THAT during
their elections, the law provided that special interest groups including
worker’s representatives should elect persons within their categories and their
elections can only be reversed by an order of a competent court. Onooba
however admits there has been a lacuna in the law regarding the elections of
civil servants as representatives of workers in the district council.
in; “the time when…
similar issue manifested in the previous local government council where two
active civil servants were elected to represent workers in the district council
although they both opted not to accomplish their tenure over public concerns
and inconsistencies over their elections.
duo; John Ojwiya, the Community Development Officer for Patongo
Town Council and Suzan Awor, the Senior Assistant Secretary for Wol Sub County
were both asked by the then Chief Administrative Officer to either resign or
retain their service with the district.