In their petition, residents want President Museveni to intervene and order investigations to ascertain the academic qualifications of Odongo.
In their petition, the group wants President Museveni to intervene by directing for a special investigation to ascertain the academic qualifications of RDC Odongo (Okwany-Aguti).
A group of residents in Lira District have
petitioned President Yoweri Museveni seeking the removal of the Resident
District Commissioner, Milton Odongo alias Okwany Aguti.
The November 11th, 2019 petition signed by about 200 residents drawn mainly from the ruling
National Resistance Movement party in Lira district was received by Esther
Mbayo, the Presidency Ministry on November 19.
Mbayo is in charge of RDCs across the country. In
their petition, residents want President Museveni to intervene and order investigations
to ascertain the academic qualifications of Odongo.
The RDC is being accused by Milton Odongo, a
teacher at Omwonylee Primary school in Ogor Sub County of impersonation, theft
of his academic qualifications and threatening violence.
The complainant accuses the RDC, who he claims
is Okwany Aguti of using his Primary Leaving Examination and
Ordinary level certificates, which he obtained in 1988 and 1994 respectively.
Jonal Okot, a Youth Councilor at Ojwina Division and lead
petitioner, says the RDC must be investigated and subsequently removed from
office for lack of the requisite academic qualification.
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He cites Article 203 (2) of the 1995 Constitution and section
70 (2) of the Local Government Act Cap 243 as amended that state that for any
person to be appointed to the office of the Resident District Commissioner, shall
be a citizen of Uganda and qualified to be a member of parliament.
Okot wants President Museveni to cause an independent
investigation on the academic papers, which Odongo used to formalize his
appointment as RDC because he has caused enormous shame on the office of the
Moses Okello, another resident of Adyel Division and NRM
mobilizer, says it a shame for the President’s office to appoint unqualified
person at the expense of many disciplined and qualified Ugandans. Okello
says they also want President Museveni to restrain the RDC from threatening Odongo,
the genuine owner of the said academic papers.
Minister Esther Mbayo has confirmed receiving the petition,
saying it is being reviewed and handled administratively. Benjamin
Serwango, the Otuke Chief Magistrate has already summoned the RDC to appear on
December, 4th to respond to charges of theft, impersonation and uttering false
documents among others.
The criminal case number 172 of 2019 was filed under Private
prosecution by Milton Odongo through his lawyers of Makmot and Company
Advocates. “I can confirm that Okwany Aguto who is holding the office of
the Resident District Commissioner of Lira is using my using my academic papers
bearing my name Milton Odongo and is now threatening me with criminal
prosecution as well as threatening my life,” Odongo’s affidavit reads in part.