Nakapiripirit Chairman Grabs District Ambulance

John Lurot, the Nakapiripirit district LC V chairman is in trouble for allegedly forcefully grabbing the district ambulance. Lurot is accused of grabbing the only ambulance that the district has and now using it for his personal work.
John Lurot, the Nakapiripirit district LC 5 chairman is in trouble for allegedly grabbing the district ambulance. Lurot is accused of forcefully grabbing the only ambulance that the district has and using it for his personal work.

A youth pressure group from the district is now planning to waylay the vehicle, arrest and beat up the chairman and the driver of the car and drag it to police.

Some of the youth who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on Tuesday morning on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimized, are bitter that patients in the district continue to suffer yet the chairman is using the ambulance for his luxurious activities.

The vehicle, a land cruiser registration number LG 00 72 -56 was donated to the district by UNICEF to be used in the maternal child health department and was being used as the only ambulance in the district.

The chairman’s trouble stemmed from the death of a boy identified as John Lukudu, a resident of Loperot parish in Namalu Sub County, Nakapiripirit district on Monday.

A senior district health official who declined to be named for fear of reprisal told Uganda Radio Network that Lukudu who was a gold miner was on his way to work when he got a heart attack and was rushed to Nakapiripirit health center III.

He said the health unit could not handle his condition and the health workers referred him to Matany or Moroto hospitals. But they reportedly tried in vain to ask the district chairman to give them the vehicle to transport the boy, who later died before he could be taken to the hospital.

The health official said the chairman grabbed the vehicle last August when it was given to travel for a meeting in Kyenjojo district and that several attempts to get back the ambulance have been futile.

At the time of filing this report, the official said another patient, a soldier who was in critical condition had been referred to Moroto hospital but there was no transport to take him. He said he was considering contacting the 407 brigade commander to request for an army truck to transport the patient to Moroto hospital.

When contacted, the district chairman, John Lurot denied grabbing the vehicle. He said he was given the ambulance by the office of the Chief Administrative Officer for official use.

He said that as a chairman, he is entitled to official transport and that the CAO gave him that particular car in response to the bad roads in the district.

However, Moses Kisembo Bahemuka, the Nakapiripirit Chief Administrative Officer denied giving Lurot the ambulance. He said Lurot requested his office for transport to Kyejonjo district for a meeting in August and he assigned the ambulance only to take him and be handed back to the district health department as soon as the meeting was over.

Kisembo said it is disappointing that the district chairman who should have used his position to help the community is instead abusing his office.

He said he will use his power including involving the police to get back the ambulance from the district chairman as soon as possible.

This is not the first time Lurot is being accused of grabbing the district car which is not supposed to be used by his office. Recently he was also accused of grabbing and destroying a new double cabin pick-up belonging to the planning unit before he abandoned it and grabbed the ambulance.