MARACHA. The outgoing Maracha resident district commissioner (RDC) has labelled district leaders as ‘criminals’ for allegedly failing to play their roles and instilling good moral into the youths.

Mr Simon Lolim, who was addressing people at Oluvu sub-county in Maracha district during celebrations to mark Uganda’s 56th Independence Day on Tuesday accused Maracha district leaders of not telling the truth to their people.

“All of you (leaders) are criminals because you are not playing your roles. Your people are suffering because most of you are just busy corrupting public funds, promoting night markets and have failed to instil good morals into the youth who have now resorted to theft,” Lolim stressed.

He also stated that trends of development in Maracha district since its creation nine years ago have been declining because the leaders are not telling the truth to the public.

“As leaders, you need to unite people, stop doing things in a wrong way but ensure team work because we need good roads, water, electricity and drugs in the health units. People are tired of your differences in allocating public resources,” Lolim added.

He appealed to leaders in the district to eliminate vices that hinder empowerment of the people through effective service deliveries so as to have a meaningful Independence Day celebration.

Last week, the district council was adjourned prematurely when councilors failed to agree on the allocation of primary health care funds to all the 17 health units of the district. Had it gone through, the resolution would have seen the units offering immunization services at the lowest health units.

Earlier, other speakers acknowledged that the people in the district have no reason to celebrate independence because they are not economically empowered, living conditions are hard and characterized by rampant theft of petty items and animals from homes.

Pupils of NigoPupils of Nigo primary school marching at Oluvu sub-county during Independence Day celebrations.

Oluvu Sub County chairman, Mr Amos Atiku, was the first speaker who remarked that his sub-county is torn apart by rampant theft of animals and high rate of crime.

“Much as other areas are enjoying peace and security in the region and the country at large, my people are not in the moods of celebrating Independence at all,” Atiku explained.

Maracha district chairman, Mr Lawrence Adiga pledged to reinforce security in the area by establishing a police post in Oluvu sub county but cautioned residents against masking wrong elements in the communities.

The area MP, Mr Denis Lee Oguzu, tasked the sub county leaders to collaborate with counterparts in DRC to eliminate the rampart cross border cattle theft and provide collective security along the border.

However, by press time, no leaders was willing to comment on Lolim’s decision to brand them as ‘criminals.’

Last year, Maracha district independence celebrations scheduled to take place in Yivu sub-county was halted at a short notice following a letter by former RDC, Mr John Abingua citing insecurity in district.