PAKWACH. The Pakwach resident district commissioner (RDC) has directed the chief administrative officer (CAO) Ms Stella Abeyto to ensure that all district civil servants acquire driving permits.

Mr Swaib Toko also ordered Abeyto to withdraw all government vehicles and motorcycles from staff members who will fail to abide by the directive.

He argued that operating without a road permit is evading tax yet public office bearers are supposed to lead by example.

The RDC was speaking during the commissioning of ten motorcycles procured by the ministry of health through GAVI fund to all health units in the district on Tuesday.

The motorcycles were later handed over to officials in charge of health centres to boost immunisation campaigns.

But during the function, Toko equally warned the officials against using the motorcycles for personal activities.

"These are government properties so don't park them in bars at odd hours and any form of violation will be punishable", he warned.

Toko tasked the health workers to embrace sense of ownership to avert negative attitude of vandalising the motorcycles.

Mr Michael Wokorach, the in charge Pakuba health centre III in Panyango sub-county, however, attributed the delay in acquiring driving permits to high costs associated with the long distance to the issuing centre.

"The idea of every civil servant having a driving permit is good but for our case, we have to travel to Face Technology in Arua and this makes the cost unfriendly", he said.

Wokorach suggested that the services of acquiring driving permits should be brought to each district to benefit people who are far from Arua.

In her remarks, Abeyto concurred with the RDC and said most of her civil servants have no driving permits.

Without giving a specific ultimatum, she said they will prioritize the concern as a matter of urgency.