MOYO. A section of community members of the newly created Palorinya sub-county which was recently curved from Itula sub-county in Obongi county have petitioned the office of the Moyo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) over the delayed establishment of their sub-county council.
In their petition, the locals want Palorinya to secede from the designated Obongi district and instead remain part of the mother Moyo district.
Palorinya sub-county is one of the four newly created sub-counties in Moyo district that were expected to be operational by July 1, 2018.
Other administrative units elevated are Ozi sub-county, Lefori town council and Laropi town council.
The Moyo district chief administrative officer (CAO) had since then assigned technical officers to oversee government programs in the areas but without an interim council.
It is for this reason that on Wednesday, a section of locals of Palorinya sub-county presented a petition letter dated April 8, 2019, to Moyo RDC, Mr William Komakech seeking for his intervention.
The petitioners expressed disappointment to the central government through the RDC for the continued delay to form the interim council for the sub-county.
The locals claimed that they have been isolated by the administration of the mother sub-county (Itula) and as a result, they are facing challenges in service delivery.
Mr Michael Bito, the Palorinya sub-count task force chairperson and the lead petitioner said the people of Itula sub-county and Obongi in general, have discriminated them in terms of service delivery.
He said as the community of Palorinya sub-county, they will not be part of Obongi district which is slated to start on July 1, 2019 because of the indiscriminative acts of the people in the area.
Mr Paul Drami, the district councillor representing the people of Itula sub-county noted that it was in 1972 when Palorinya was curved out of Moyo sub-county for easy administrative purposes.
But since then, Drami said the people of the area have been struggling to either come back or be given their own sub-county to administer themselves instead of being under Itula sub-county.
He appealed to the members of Palorinya sub-county to be calm as the matter has already reached the office of the RDC for possible action.
However, Mr Sam JB Asusi, the secretary for works Moyo district who received the petition on behalf of the district chairperson Mr Williams Anyama said the formation of sub-county interim council is not the mandate of the district chairperson or the CAO.
He added that a letter was written to the district registrar Moyo to form sub-county interim councils for the newly created administrative units in the district but no reply has been made to that effect.
Asusi emphasized that it is not the mandate of the district to decide for the people of Palorinya to either remain in Moyo district or be part of the newly created Obongi district.
While receiving the petition, Mr Komakech assured the locals that the government is committed to ensuring that all citizens of the country are equally served and protected with dignity.
He added that currently, the government has got money to facilitate the operationalization of the newly created sub-counties in the country.
Komakech, however, warned the communities against taking the law in their hands in the guise of fighting for their independence.