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Nakaseke Councilor Expelled Over Absenteeism

George Guma Kwesiga, who represents Ngoma town council, was expelled on Thursday after he failed to attend four consecutive council sessions contrary to the Local Government Act.
A district councilor in Nakaseke district has been expelled indefinitely from district council due to absenteeism and neglect of duties.

George Guma Kwesiga, who represents Ngoma town council, was expelled on Thursday and his post declared vacant after he failed to attend four consecutive council sessions contrary to the Local Government Act.

The motion to expel Guma was tabled by the Vice Chairperson of Nakaseke district Richard Mavuma and all councilors unanimously resolved to expel him.

Mavuma said that the clerk to council has been sending invitations to Guma asking him to attend the four sittings but he reportedly snubbed them without sound reason and apology to the speaker.

Mavuma explains that Guma’s actions were in breach of section 171 (3) of the amended local government act 2010, a strong ground for him to lose the seat.

Joan Nakibinge, the deputy Speaker who presided over Council, said that the residents were no longer represented and their concerns couldn’t be brought to the attention of the district yet he was being paid.

Nakibinge adds that Guma has never written any apology to the speaker over his absenteeism.

The deputy speaker declared the seat vacant and ordered the Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Namboozo to notify the Electoral Commission to organize a by-election.

Denis Ssekanjako, a resident of Ngoma town council, said that they were shocked by the news because they always see him in the town and they don’t know why he snubs council sittings.

URN couldn’t reach Guma for a comment and he didn’t attend the sitting to defend himself.

Recently, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga also summoned the Bubulo West Member of Parliament Tonny Kipoi to explain his absenteeism in the house for 30 consecutive sittings according to the parliament spokesperson Helen Kaweesa.

The MP last signed the attendance book in Parliament on May 17 and has missed more than 30 consecutive parliamentary sittings without explanation yet he receives salary.

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