Rakai Council Clerk Sacked over Missing Minutes

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Paul Wasswa Ssekyewa, the Rakai district council speaker says the councilors unanimously recommended for Ssendaula’s interdiction last week after he failed to produce minutes from the previous two council sittings

Kabiswa Ssendawula, the clerk to Rakai district council has been sacked for failing to produce council minutes, forgery and indiscipline. Kabiswa was sacked last week last after councilors voted unanimously to interdict him from office. Paul Wasswa Ssekyewa, the speaker Rakai District Council accuses Kabiswa of failing to produce minutes of two previous council sittings.

He says that in September 2011 Kabiswa also failed to produce minutes of previous council meeting for review which forced council to give him an ultimatum two weeks to produce them. He says that councilor resolved to relieve Kabiswa of his duties when he appeared ion Friday and failed to produce council minutes but instead came with documents containing issues discussed in council.

Rose Mary Nasejje, an LC V councilor accuses Kabiswa of showing disrespect for council resolutions. She claims that the failure by the clerk to council to write council minutes means that all approved council budget estimates are still pending which is likely to affect council work.

Nsenje says that they want the CAO to investigate and take disciplinary action against Kabiswa. Benon Mugabi, Rakai LC5 Chairman says they have ordered James Nkata, the Rakai CAO to advertise Kabiswa’s post.

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James Nkata, Rakai CAO told URN on phone that he is attending a training workshop in Kampala but promised to implement the council directive immediately he returns to office. Nkata says that the council is mandated the Local Government Act to sack workers who fail to work to expectation.
Kabiswa has already vacated his office that is found on the district chambers. Our reporter found the office under key lock when he visited Rakai district chambers. Kabiswa has declined to comment on his sacking and allegations against him.


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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.