LC3 Chairpersons Lock Kaberamaido District Offices

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Kaberamaido is comprised of 11 Sub counties and one town council.

Police deployed heavily at Kaberamaido district headquarters over the weekend following protests by LC 3 chairpersons over alleged poor service delivery. Kaberamaido is comprised of 11 Sub counties and one town council. On Friday, LC 3 chairpersons in Kaberamaido stormed the main district administration block and locked it with padlocks citing poor service delivery. The block hosts the offices of the Chief Administrative Officer, LC5 Chairperson, Personnel Officer and the Planning Unit. Led by Melvin Luben Epuutu, the LC 3 chairperson of Kobulubulu Sub County, the chairpersons told URN that they are faced with many challenges in their areas, but whenever they go to the district to consult Catherine Amal, the CAO she is never there.
Epuutu blames the CAO for absenteism despite the fact that, she is the accounting officer. He says the persistent absenteeism of Amal from her office has affected service delivery, which they can no longer tolerate. He observed that huge sums of unspent money released to the district by central government might be returned to the treasury since the financial year is coming to a close. The chairpersons blastedAlbert Ejoku, the Kaberamaido LC 5 chairperson for his alleged failure to supervise Amal. Ejoku, who was away attending a workshop in Soroti, told URN that he had already written to the local government’s minister requesting for the transfer of the CAO.
Amal, the embattled Kaberamaido CAO told URN that she was on sick leave and did not know what was happening at the district headquarters. As a result of the protest by the LC 3 chairpersons police has deployed around the offices until the matter is resolved. Juma Hassan Nyene, the East Kyoga police Public Relations Officer says police deployed on Saturday to protect government property until the matter is resolved. He says they have advised the aggrieved parties to compromise and sort out the matter.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.