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Kamuli District Chairperson Ordered To Vacate Office

Kamuli district local council chairperson, Ahmed Kawugu Kawooya has been ordered to vacate office again for alleged lack of academic qualification.
Kamuli district local council chairperson, Ahmed Kawugu Kawooya has been ordered to vacate office again for alleged lack of academic qualification.

Kawugu was first removed from office by the High Court in Jinja last year after one of the voters successfully challenged the authenticity of his academic documents presented for verification before the National Council for Higher Education, upon which he was nominated and elected chairman.

After Kawooya lost the case in the High Court, the Kamuli district seat was declared vacant but the embattled chairperson immediately appealed contending that until his appeal is disposed of, he remains in office.

But in a letter dated January 30, 2012 signed by Patrick Mutabwire for Permanent Secretary Ministry of local government, the district chairman is reminded of the High Court ruling which nullified his election.

The ministry has directed the Kamuli district Chief Administrative Officer, Francis Osuku, to advise Kawugu to vacate office and hand over to the district speaker.

The letter also asks the District speaker to assume and perform the roles of the district Chairperson in accordance with the Local Government Act. Kamuli has no substantive LC5 vice chairperson.

On Wednesday, Kawugu was in his office performing his routine duties saying the said letters and other allegations are mere concoctions by his critics who are coming up with such statements to confuse the people of Kamuli.

But district speaker, Samuel Bamwoole, has confirmed that arrangements are underway for him to be sworn in on Thursday as the Acting chairman at Jinja Magistrates Court.

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