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New National Youth Chairperson in Trouble for Not Resigning from NIRA

Last evening, Eyeru the finance secretary for Soroti district youth council was elected National Youth Council chairperson. It transpires that he participated in elective politics without resigning his civil service job as required by law
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Jacob Eyeru, the newly elected Chairperson of National Youth Council-NYC is in trouble for participating in elective politics before resigning from public service. He is an assistant Registration Officer at National Identification and Registration-NIRA offices in Makindye Division (Kampala).         

Last evening,  Eyeru the finance secretary for Soroti district youth council was elected National Youth Council chairperson. He defeated three other candidates including Ham Akampurira who came second. The election was held at London College Maya in Mpigi district on Friday.      

However, Brig. Gen. Stephen Kwingirira, NIRA’s Acting Executive Director, in a letter dated October 27th, 2020, faulted Eyeru for not resigning from his job at NIRA. 

    

Kwingirira noted that Eyeru flouted the Public Service Standing Orders (2010). The orders provide 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.  

He also made reference to his memo dated June 23rd, 2020 in which he reminded all staff who intended to contest in the 2020/2021 general elections to resign accordingly.        

“Despite the above guidance, it has come to my notice that you directly participated in the elective politics as Secretary for Finance in Soroti District and you are currently contesting as Chairperson, National Youth Council without having resigned from the service of NIRA,” Kwingirira noted.        

According to the revised electoral road map for the Electoral Commission, all public servants aspiring to contest for presidential, parliamentary, local government and special interest group seats had to resign between July 12th to October 31st, 2020.            

As a result, Kwingirira has suspended Eyeru’s salary from the month of October.          

Kwingirira says Eyeru has to also submit a written statement of defense within a week of receiving his letter. The letter should be submitted to the Disciplinary Committee for further disciplinary action (s).  However, Eyeru says he has not yet responded to the letter because of running a tight schedule in the last three weeks.      

   

He however insists that he resigned on July 8th, 2020. 

      

“I don’t know if NIRA lost my resignation letter but I have a copy at home,” Eyeru says, “I did not even know that I have been receiving salary since July because I have been running my campaign using monies on my campaign accounts and not my salary account.”        

 

He says he will refund the monies credited on his salary account and is yet to respond to NIRA regarding his resignation.      

     

Meanwhile, Tolbert Musinguzi, Wakiso district returning officer who presided over the national youth chairperson contest, says that the Electoral Commission did not receive any complaint against Eyeru before his nomination.           

“But if a complaint is brought to EC or a court order proves that Eyeru participated in partisan and elective politics before his resignation from public service, then his election will be put on hold,” Musinguzi says.              

Kwingirira’s decision stems from a petition from a one Bony Owiny against Eyeru.  On October 16th, 2020, Owiny wrote to NIRA on grounds that Eyeru’s participation in elective politics was illegal.             

Owiny who at the time was District Male Youth Councilor Soroti and aspiring for Secretary Finance Soroti District, noted that Eyeru had participated in the National Resistance Movement-NRM primaries for Secretary Finance Soroti District and also wanted to contest for the National Youth Council Chairperson seat.

      

   

He thereby urged NIRA to take punitive action against Eyeru because he was engaging in “partisan and elective politics before resigning from the public service.

          

“As you may be aware that the date for resignation for all public servants who intended to participate in the ongoing elections was 12th July, 2020,” Owiny said in his complaint.

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