Kasese district leaders want the Chief Administrative Officer
Hanny Turyaheebwa transferred from Kasese over what they call incompetence and
non-cooperation with the district executive.
Kasese LCV Chairperson Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo says the Turyaheebwa has been
advised by the executive on several occasions on the management of the district
but he has remained adamant.
URN has learnt that a district executive resolved that Bigogo writes to the
permanent secretary in the ministry of local government to have Turyaheebwa who
has been in the district for one and half years now transferred.
There has been some bad blood between the district executive and the CAO
following his decision to write to the ministry of local government
communicating about a controversial council decision to have Kasese district
split. The district chairperson and the executive had resolved not to forward
this resolution to the ministry.
This bad blood was exacerbated by the decision of the ministry of agriculture
to withdraw one of the cars belonging to the extension department of Kasese
district over misuse.
In March, the ministry of agriculture donated a double cabin Toyota Hilux
vehicle registration number UBE 653Q that was meant to be used by the
production department to ease coordination of agricultural extension services
to farmers within the district. Turyaheebwa, however, decided to keep the
Bigogo says they have on several occasions told the CAO to give the vehicle to
the rightful users but has remained adamant until it was recalled by the
ministry of agriculture which cited misuse of the vehicle.
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The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of agriculture Pius Wakabi says the
vehicle had been installed with a tracking device to monitor its usage and a
message was passed that the vehicle had been given for the sole role of
Agricultural Extension Service. He, however, says the vehicle has not been put
to its intended purpose.
“It has come to my knowledge that you chose to allocate the motor vehicle to
yourself on the claim that you’re the accounting officer. This has seriously
disrupted the programmes for which the motor vehicle is intended to support.” Reads
part of Wakabi’s letter.
says the district cannot continue with a chief administrative officer who is
not willing to listen to advice from the district executive that envisions the
direction the district should take.
He also accused the CAO of failing to prevail over errant civil servants that
he accused of not executing their duties.
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Turyaheebwa says he is not bothered by whether the district wants him
transferred or not. He dismissed the argument that he is superintending over a
dysfunctional civil service arguing that he only deploys workers where he
thinks they will serve better.
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Turyaheebwa also said the argument that he is not supposed to use the
vehicle is misguided because he is also an extension worker since he is the
overall supervisor of all extension workers in the district. He claims the
production department already has four vehicles to use yet his office doesn’t
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But Bigogo says the chief administrative officer cannot claim he has no car yet
the district has so many cars that need repair. He says as one, who generates
the budget Turyaheebwa ought to have included funds for the repair of the
faulty vehicles in order to put them to use.