Speaker Rogers Bwanga tells URN he received the petition last week and wrote to the Clerk to council to avail him the relevant documents over the the ten phones which were purchased last October and had to be returned at the expiry of the councilors' term of office.
Nakasongola district speaker, Sunday Rogers Bwanga, has launched
a probe into the nasty smartphone deadlock between the Chief Administrative
Officer -CAO Alex Felix Majeme and the ex-district councilors.
Last Thursday, on June 10, 2021, 8 former district councilors petitioned
Sunday Rogers Bwanga, the new district speaker, for his intervention, as they
seek to retain smartphones the district purchased for their official use.
The development followed renewed pressure to return the phones
which are treated as government property by CAO Alex Felix Majeme.
month, CAO Majeme, ordered all out-going councilors, to return the smartphones earlier distributed
to them. In
October 2020, the district purchased 25 smartphones worth 10 million shillings
and distributed them to the councilors for communication and research
while conducting council business. The
councilors then signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) saying at the end of
the term, they would return the phones.
However, during the last council session chaired by Frederick Lwanga
Balam held on May 11, the councilors unanimously passed a resolution to
retain the phones as their own.The reasoned that they remain key points of
reference for their successors.
Majeme wrote to them saying the resolution was not legally binding, and they must have returned the phones by May 21st.
Out of the 25 councilors who were sitting on last term’s council,
12 never returned.
This term has seen an increase in the number of councilors
from 25 to 33.
It’s against this background that CAO Majeme argued that it
would be costly if the cash-strapped district has to purchase smartphones again.
targeted councilors have since failed to heed to the CAO’s ultimatum prompting
more pressure. Speaking to Uganda Radio Network -URN, Speaker Bwanga
acknowledges receipt of the petition last week.
He reveals that he has as his first step to look into the
aggrieved councilors’ petition, written to the Clerk to council to avail him
with relevant documents.