MOYO. The Moyo resident district commissioner (RDC) has come under immense pressure to surrender the council vehicle he has been using to run his day-to-day activities.
This is after a section of councillors accused Mr William Bob Labeja of using the council vehicle with registration number UG 3210R without their approval.
Speaking during a recent meeting at the people’s hall in Moyo town, the aggrieved councillors argued that Labeja’s office is one of the most financed offices in the district and that it was not worth for him to continue using the council vehicle yet other departments have no means of transport.
Ms Zumura Maneno, the district female youth councillor said it was resolved in a finance committee meeting that Labeja hands over the said vehicle to the council but to date, he has not adhered to the directive.
She said the council was not in any way, aware of plans to assign the car to the RDC’s office thus making the decision taken by the chief administrative officer (CAO), Mr Alex Chelimo and Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district chairperson illegal.
Meanwhile, Ms Kanta Leri, the district female councillor representing Metu sub-county noted that there is a big problem of transport in the district, adding that it would be right to assign the vehicle to a needy department like that of the Auditor instead of the office of the RDC.
As a result, Mr Emmanuel Bada, the district youth councillor tasked Anyama to explain the circumstances under which they handed over the vehicle to the RDC without consulting the council.
In defence, Mr Anyama said the vehicle was assigned to the RDC basing on his nature of work since he was transferred from his previous duty station (Nebbi district) without a vehicle.
“RDCs are always transferred with their vehicles but Labeja was not given a vehicle at the time of his transfer and that is why we considered him for the car,” Anyama explained.
According to Anyama, Labeja came at the time when the district had so many insecurity cases which needed to be handled urgently.
He said the RDC never asked for a vehicle but requested for a motorcycle through the office of CAO to facilitate his activities as the chairperson security committee of the district.
Anyama said they, however, saw it important to avail him a vehicle instead of a motorcycle given the nature of his work.
He remarked that the vehicle was assigned on humanitarian ground because of the security situation in the district.
When contacted, Mr Chelimo said the vehicle was given with the advice of the district chairperson who saw the need to support the RDC’s office.