There was drama in
Makhonje Khanje village in Bumasikye Sub County in Mbale district this morning when
angry residents decided to vote out their area LC 1 chairperson for alleged
theft of a pig.
The residents faulted Robert
Masaba for not being exemplary and
immediately threw him out of office by electing new leadership. They also
wanted the authorities to allow them to give him five strokes of the cane in
vain. Masaba is alleged to have stolen a pig belonging to Francis Welishe, the
former area LC I chairperson of the same village last month.
He confessed to the theft
in a village meeting and promised to compensate his predecessor Shillings
150,000 for his pig within one month. However, the agreed time elapsed without
the accused compensating his victim, which prompted other area leaders to call
a meeting and forge away forward.
Masaba asked the
residents to calm down, saying it was his turn and tomorrow would be for
another. He also supported a change of leadership.
//Cue in: " Imeeting eye isse.....
Cue out: .... kumukamba lwo kuundi"//.
Emma Wandwasi, the Chairperson of Makhonje, which gave birth to Makhonje Khanje
said that was not the only case committed by the chairman. He said the village
members had reported many cases against him involving the theft of
chicken and Bananas among others.
Paf Mwambu, an elder in the area and member
of the village executive blamed the chairperson for embarrassing them as
//Cue in: "Of all things.....
Cue out: .... ekijja okuyamba lokooka,"//.
Residents said that they have suffered from Masaba’s leadership and hailed the
leaders for calling a meeting that has changed leadership.
They said they now
expect smooth, truthful, and transparent leadership in the area.
Paul Wepondi Wefwe,
the newly elected LC I chairman pledged to work with the locals and unite them
to witness development in the area.