NEBBI. The Nebbi municipality town Clerk Mr Moses Lorika has been given 14 days to return to work and settle in the district or quit.

The ultimatum was issued by the Nebbi district chairman Mr Emmanuel Urombi after realizing that since the lock down, the town Clerk has been out of office claiming to be working online.

Urombi noted that it is wrong for a politician to work alone without the guidance from technical staff especially during this time of covid-19 pandemic.

“I have received information that since the town clerk was posted in the district 2 years ago, he has never settled in the district but has been operating from Kampala so now he should either get a house in Nebbi or quit”, he added.

Mr Geofrey Ngiriker, the mayor Nebbi municipality said he had been protecting the under fire tow clerk for long but has realized that Lorika does not like staying in the district and neither does he love his job.

“He always works from Monday afternoon to Thursday and sneaks back to Kampala and will only call to inform me when he is already in Karuma going back to Kampala”, Ngiriker complained.

He added that because of his continuous absenteeism, he was forced to write a letter asking him to be given copies of invitations to workshops he claims to be going to attend.

“I have tried to work with him but he has not been willing, I am grateful to the technical staff who have been so helpful and we have been able to work well”, he added.

He said the town Clark does not even know the area he works in apart from the lodge he sleeps in and the office.

Mr Howard Musa, the municipality councilor representing Nyachara ward blamed the mayor for failing to take action for the past two years.

“We have been complaining about the town Clerk but the mayor has been adamant and that is why he (town clerk) has continued to move anytime he wants”, he added.

One of the technical staff who spoke on conditions of anonymity for fear of reprimand said they have been doing their work as usual and that they always found it difficult to work with an accounting officer who is always absent.

“The integrated financial management system has made him even more reluctant to be in office since he just approves everything online”, he added.

The town Clark declined to react to the ultimatum when contacted on phone saying he would have to seek for clearance from the permanent secretary in order to speak to the press about the issues.