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District Leaders Accuse Transferred RDCs of Refusing to Report to Work in Karenga

Mr. Felix Lochale the district LCV chairperson Karenga said absence of resident district in the district makes hit hard for the implementation of government projects in the district.
09 Oct 2021 12:39


  

Karenga district local government located in Karamoja region in the north eastern Uganda has been operating for one and half month without the support of the resident district commissioner after two RDCs transferred in the district during the recent swapping of the RDCs refused to report to the district.

 

The two RDCs include Ms. Esther Cherop who was transferred from Bukwo to Karenga only visited the district but refused to go back to the district, Haji Lubega Kadunabi the RDC Namisindwa was asked to go to Karenga but he also turned down saying he had worked in Napak district in Karamoja region. 

 

URN learnt that Mr. Augustine Modo who’s currently deputy RDC Amuru was asked to go and work in Karenga but he also rejected the posting. Mr. Modo first worked in Karenga as acting RDC last year but he fled the district and reportedly abandoned his docket over unclear reasons.   

Karenga district headquarters are located in Karenga town. It was carved out of Kaabong District and its operations started on July 1, 2019. The district has two constituencies: Dodoth West and Napore West. It borders South Sudan and Kaabong District. The population is 84,100, divided over 7 sub-counties and 3 town councils. 

 

The district doesn’t have office space for the resident district commissioner, Mr. Samuel Hashaka Mpimbasa who was the RDC karenga before he was moved to Bukwo used to operate under a big tree as an office and kept on running up and down with tables when it rained. Next to the tree where he used to sit were two graves.

 

Mr. Felix Lochale the district LCV chairperson Karenga said absence of resident district commissioner in the district makes hit hard for the implementation of government projects in the district. 

 

According to Mr. Lochale the presence of the RDC who’s the chairman of the district security committee was critical given the fact the district is facing a lot of insecurity caused by cattle rustlers.

He noted that he has been calling Ms. Esther Cherop but she keeps on promising to report now one and half month.

“What I have realized is that she’s not interested to work in Karenga and we call upon government to come to our rescue, “he said.

Moses Lokol the chairperson of Napore peace committee said they are finding it hard work with the absence of an RDC in the district. 

 

 He said according to the protocol, all the chairpersons of peace committees give their reports to the RDC's office and district internal security office.  

“There are issues that comes out of the community and we prefer to report to the RDC directly but now there’s no RDC in the district,” he said.  

Beatrice Akello, a women peace activist said absence of an RDC in the district fails government programs because there is no one to monitor their progress.  

“Why do people fear to come and work in Karamoja, yet it is part of Uganda?” she asked.

  Ms. Esther Cherop when contacted for the comment kept on cutting off the calls and she never replied to text messages. 

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