Mityana LC 5 Chairperson Refuses to Step Aside

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The Mityana LC 5 Chairperson Deborah Kyazike Kinobe has defied a council resolution that suspended her from office over allegations of soliciting a bribe.

The Mityana LC 5 Chairperson Deborah Kyazike Kinobe has defied a council resolution that suspended her from office over allegations of soliciting a bribe.
 
The district council sitting on 24th January 2013 passed a resolution ordering  Kinobe and her vice chair Gabriel Busagwa to be suspended from office by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Anthony Yiga and an ad-hoc committee was set up  to investigate the allegations.
 
The suspension stemmed from police arrest of Deborah Kyaziike Kinobe on allegations that she solicited 15 million shillings from a private firm to influence the process of awarding a tender for road construction in Mityana. Kinobe Kyaziike is currently out on Katwe police station bond and under investigations by police and council ad-hoc committee.
 
 Kinobe told URN Reporter in her office on Friday that she is conducting her normal duties as the district chairperson because she has not received any a letter from the CAO Anthony Yiga suspending her from the position to pave way for the investigations.
 
She added that the resolution was unlawful and the allegations were baseless that aims at tarnishing her name which can’t be based on to suspend her.
 
Kinobe says that that her vice chair Gabriel Busagwa had applied for a leave of one month and would also return in office in February 2013 to execute his duties.
 
Mityana CAO Anthony Yiga says that he consulted the Permanent Secretary of local government ministry Patrick Bitabire who advised him not to implement the councils’ resolution because it was unlawful.
 
He explains that council does not have any authority or mandate to suspend any member of the executive and will not implement the resolution.
 
However councillors have protested the Kinobe’s action to stay in office and they are now vowing to censure her and her vice chair.
 
Fred Wotonava, the district councillor for Mityana town council, says that they are collecting signatures to petition the district speaker Aloysius Sserumaga to call extra-ordinary council where they will censure them for disobeying council orders and abuse of office.
 
He added that they have also petitioned the permanent Secretary in local government ministry explaining their resolution because they have understood that he was ill informed about the move.