The council meeting, which had started early morning, was expected to end by 2:00PM to allow the consultations to take place. Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee members led by their chairperson, Jacob Oboth Oboth arrived the district headquarters as agreed but were blocked by councilors led Molly Anyeko, the Kisoko- Petta sub county woman representative.
There was drama at
Tororo district headquarters on Friday when councilors blocked the Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs Committee from accessing the council hall. The committee
was in the district to conduct a public hearing on the proposed Electoral
reforms in Bukedi sub region.
Earlier in the day,
the Tororo District Speaker, John Okea had
communicated to council to conduct business within a few hours and leave space
for the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to hold consultation. The
council meeting, which had started early morning, was expected to end by 2:00PM to allow the consultations to take place.
Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee
members led by their chairperson, Jacob Oboth Oboth arrived the district
headquarters as agreed but were blocked by councilors led Molly Anyeko, the Kisoko-
Petta sub county woman representative. Anyeko said they have planned to discuss the formation of the
councilor’s Sacco after the council meeting in the council hall.
asked the committee members to look for an alternative venue prompting them to
relocate to Amagoro court hall, which is far away from the district
headquarters. The hall, which is open, lacks lights and furniture.
was forced to borrow chairs from one of the residents so as to conduct business. During the meeting, Jacob Oboth Oboth, the Legal
and Parliamentary Affairs Committee Chairperson regretted the incident noting
that those who denied them access to the district council hall will go to hell.
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Veronica Eragu Isala, a member of the committee said that the
councilors ought to have respected the committee members since their
chairperson is a son of the soil.
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Moses Odwar, the Nangongera town council councilor apologized
for the behavior of his colleagues, saying it has tarnished the image of the
He asked his colleagues never to repeat such conduct,
which demeans the district.
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during the meeting, voters rejected some of the
proposed electoral reforms, saying the status quo should be maintained. Almost
all the voters who stood to speak opposed to amendments to the Political
Parties and Organizations Bill, which introduces a code of conduct for
political parties and organizations, saying political parties have their own
laws that govern their operations.
Some of the voters also rejected that proposal requiring candidates
to declare to the Electoral Commission within 14 days after their nomination,
the source of funds for their campaigns.
Willy Ojwang Gaster Obbo and Stephen Odwar, said candidates
should be left to get funds from wherever they can. They also said the idea of
declaring the source of funding is impractical, saying is only meant to suffocate
people who don’t have money from contesting for elective positions.
Julius Oketcho also opposed the proposed introduction of
restriction on independent candidates, saying this will deny candidates freedom
of association. According to the proposal, for one to contest as an independent,
he/she should have left his previous party 12 months to nomination.