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Nakaseke Leaders Celebrate CAO's Transfer

Residents and local leaders in Nakaseke are celebrating the transfer of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Joyce Loyce Namboozo. Recently Patrick Mutabwire, the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, transferred Namboozo to Kapchorwa and replaced her with Ezaruku Kazimiro, who was CAO in Maracha District.

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Residents and local leaders in Nakaseke are celebrating the transfer of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Joyce Loyce Namboozo.

Recently Patrick Mutabwire, the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, transferred Namboozo to Kapchorwa and replaced her with Ezaruku Kazimiro, who was CAO in Maracha District.

The transfer of Namboozo has come a few months after the District Council passed `a vote of no confidence against her and asked the Permanent Secretary to remove her from Nakaseke. Now with the transfer, residents and local leaders believe the wrangles that have affected service delivery in the district are coming to an end. Some individuals and local leaders have also organized beer parties in Kiwoko and Luweero town councils to celebrate the CAO’s transfer.

Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke district Chairperson, says CAO Namboozo had become a stumbling block for district development and service delivery through what he called condoning corruption, maladministration and blocking access to information.

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The District Councillor for Kinyogogga Sub County, Fred Rwabirinda, accused the CAO of being incompetent; something that had lead to increased cases of shoddy works in the district. Rwabirinda says Kinyogogga and Naluvule livestock markets are still idle a year after completion because pastoralists rejected them over substandard work. This cost government 70 million shillings in losses and that Namboozo is to blame for paying contractors despite petitions from beneficiaries.

Christopher Rwomushana, a pastoralist in Ngoma says that CAO Namboozo should be held liable for losses and made to refund the money rather than transferring her which is not a punishment.

The Spokesperson of Nakaseke LC 3 Chairpersons Association Moses Ssenfuma says the transfer had delayed because CAO Namboozo had created divisions in the district. Ssenfuuma explains that the CAO had resorted to blacklist some leaders for being vigilant about service delivery and resolved not to talk to them even if they presented genuine complaints.

Ronald Ssebuyungo, a member of Nakaseke Road maintenance workers, also accused CAO Namboozo incompetence and failure to honour contract agreements. Ssebuyungo says he cleared bushes at Kalagala-Kiwoko road in June 2012 and the district engineer certified the work, but the CAO refused to pay him. He says that he was shocked to hear that Nakaseke district returned 583 million shillings to the treasury. Ssebuyungo says the permanent secretary should have sacked instead.

Felix Kunobera, an opinion leader in Ngoma town council, however, says Namboozo’s may not help since district leaders will continue fighting what he called selfish wars for their own gains.

Namboozo couldn’t be reached for comment as her known phone line was off by time of filling the story. She has been in Nakaseke as CAO for two years but her work has met strong resistance from political leaders, technical staff and residents.