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Bulambuli Council Finally Approves District Service Commission Members

On December 4th, 200, a group of councillors led by Charles Wepukhulu, the representative of Buyaga town council and his Buluganya sub-county counterpart, Moses Mwayafu rejected the nominees citing incompetence and extortion.
Bulambuli District council has finally approved newly appointed members of the District Service Commission. They are Charles Gimei Wonasolo, Chairperson, Joyce Manana Kusolo, John Mafabi, Paul Namisi and Sam Wetsenge as members.  

The nominees were approved following thorough investigations and scrutiny in relation to allegations by some councillors that they had paid bribes to the district chairperson, Simon Peter Wonanzofu to appoint them.

On December 4th, 200, a group of councillors led by Charles Wepukhulu, the representative of Buyaga town council and his Buluganya sub-county counterpart, Moses Mwayafu rejected the nominees citing incompetence and extortion. 

They claimed that Wonanzofu had pocketed bribes in exchange for the appointment of the nominees. They argued that the nominees may be compromised to offer credit services since they had paid their way into the positions. However, none of the nominees was available to respond to the allegations.

This prompted the speaker, Dalia Wodada to adjourn council till further notice. It is alleged that on December 11, 2020, Wonanzofu convened a meeting with a few loyal councillors at Berlin Hotel Bulambuli where they agreed to approve the nominees.

However, a section of councillors stormed the hotel, grabbed the documents and attempted to lynch the speaker accusing her of splitting the council by siding with a few councillors. Joseph Magayi Mudulo, the Bumasobo sub-county councillor, says the meeting was illegal as the speaker and his team tried to forge council meeting approving the nominees. 

The stalemate prompted the Chief Administrative Officer, Milton Chelangat to order for a special council sitting to decide on the fate of the new district service commission members. During the council meeting, the councillors agreed to approve the members and cautioned them to be objective and desist from corruption and extortion in exchange for jobs.

The council also tasked CAO to source the services of Bukedea District Service Commission on a three months contract to preside over the recruitment of staffs in Bulambuli since the district received an enhancement for the wage bill. 

Article 54 subsection 3 of the local government act empowers the district chairperson to appoint members of the district service commission and subject them to council for recommendation before they approved by the Public Service Ministry.