MARACHA. Politicians in Maracha district are reportedly divided over a proposal to have Mr Martine Kasule, the chief administrative officer (CAO) transferred from the district.
The proposal to transfer Kasule was tabled before the district council on Tuesday by a section of councilors opposed to his administration.
In the petition read by Mr William Drimbaku, the councilor representing Nyadri sub-county, the councilors accused the CAO of misconduct during the third council meeting held in February 2018.
They alleged that Kasule deliberately walked out of the Council meeting when requested to respond to issues affecting his office, a thing they said amounted to undermining their authority as a council.
The councilors also lined up a number of accusations including the decision taken by Kasule to dismiss Mr Alfred Olega, the then Maracha district engineer without following the rightful procedures, failure to organize mandatory meetings and to implement council resolutions especially on parking district vehicles by 5pm, irregular attendance of office and early departures from work among others.
The councilors in support of the motion recommended that the CAO should be transferred away from the district due to the level of incompetence he has exhibited especially in running the day today activities of the district.
But the secretary for social services, Ms Judith Bako, also the district female youth councilor distanced herself from the decision saying the electorates did not send the councilors to come and discriminate against civil servants posted from the central government to serve the district.
Bako reiterated that if the allegations were genuine, the executive of the district council would have been involved in the process seeking for CAO’s transfer before tabling the motion in the council meeting.
Bako was quickly supported by Mr Lawrence Adiga, the Maracha district chairman who also observed that the move to censure Kasule would turn to be a shame on Maracha district if approved by the council.
Adiga said it would be useless to lose funds in such an obvious way when Kasule files a case against the council for illegally removing him from office.
He advised the councilors to give time to their decision and follow all the rightful procedures if they are to continue with quest to sack Kasule.
However, Kasule who was not moved by the accusations frustrated the moody councilors by failing to defend himself on grounds that he was not served with a copy of the petition as required by the local government act.
The councilors later turned their guns on Mr Henry Obeti Aliti, the clerk to council accusing him of betraying the people in the district by failing to issue a copy of the petition letter to the CAO.
Mr Emmanuel Wani, the council speaker was then forced to defer the motion for purposes of fair hearing and natural justice for the CAO to defend himself over the numerous allegations.
He gave Obeti an ultimatum of two weeks to serve Kasule with a copy of the petition letter before the next council meeting is convened.