“I wish to confirm to you that Dr. Abraham Isamat is a senior Veterinary Officer in Ngora District; who I heard was intending to contest for Kapir Constituency in Ngora in the general elections for 2021. I wish to state however that by close of business today 14th, September, 2020, he had not yet submitted his resignation letter”, the CAO’s letter reads.
The Kapir NRM member of Parliament flag bearer, Dr. Abraham Isamat is in trouble for allegedly
failing to resign from his office before joining politics.
Dr. Isamat, the Acting District Veterinary Officer of Ngora
beat Teso Affairs Minister, Agnes Jaff Akiror Egunyu after garnering 8,104
votes against 6,988 by the minister in the NRM Primaries early this month and
was declared the flag bearer.
Although the minister rejected the outcome of the election
results, Dr. Isamat has been waiting for his nomination from the Electoral
Commission. If he is nominated Dr. Isamat will face FDC’s David Okurut and other independent candidates in the race to become Kapir MP.
Dr. Isamat's nomination now hangs in balance after it emerged
that he didn’t resign by the time he was nominated to contest in NRM primaries.
In a letter written by the Chief Administrative Officer of Ngora, Lawrence
Wadada to Sr. Akiror Mary Grace, the Commissioner RDCs and Secretary Anti-
Corruption Unit in the Office of the President, Dr. Isamat had not yet
submitted his resignation by September 14th, 2020.
“I wish to confirm to you that Dr. Isamat Abraham is a
senior Veterinary Officer in Ngora District; who I heard was intending to
contest for Kapir Constituency in Ngora in the general elections for 2021. I
wish to state however that by close of business today 14th, September,
2020, he had not yet submitted his resignation letter”, the CAO’s letter reads.
When contacted by our reporter, Ngora COA, Wadada said that
Dr. Isamat still has pending administrative issues that he declined to divulge.
Wadada also stated that as Ngora District, Dr. Isamat has not yet been released
to join politics.
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When contacted, Dr. Isamat said he is not aware of whatever
developments taking place against his candidature. Asked whether he resigned
before running in the NRM primaries, Dr. Isamat said the district has all the documents
to that effect.
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Deo Natukunda, the Regional Elections Officer for Teso Sub
Region says the decision on whether to nominate the candidate or not depends on
the fulfillment of the required procedures laid by the Electoral Commission.
In his July circular to the CAOs, Ben Kumumanya, the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government instructed all civil servants aspiring
for parliamentary seats in the forthcoming general elections to relinquish
their current positions by July 12, 2020.
Kumumanya pointed out that the Public Service Standing
Orders provides that a public officer who wishes to contest for a position in a
political party will be required to retire or resign from public office at least
three months before nominations to be eligible to contest.