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Village Chairpersons Skip Swearing in Over Stamp Fees

Moses Mawerere, the Chairperson Mission Zone, says the district has been running adverts on different radio stations claiming that stamps are free of charge but to his surprise the same people are asking them for money.
Kamuli district headquaters, courtesy photo.

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Thirty two village chairpersons in Namwendwa town council in Kamuli district have missed the ongoing swearing in ceremony for failing to pay Shillings 20,000 meant to purchase stamps.

The chairpersons claim that the Namwendwa town Council LC III chairperson, Stephen Katawera informed them on Tuesday they would be required to pay Shillings 20,000 for a stamp before taking oath of office.

According to the chairperson, Katawera told them the district doesn't have money to produce for them stamps. 

Moses Mawerere, the Chairperson Mission Zone, says the district has been running adverts on different radio stations claiming that stamps are free of charge but to his surprise the same people are asking them for money.

Geoffrey Tulwaine, the LC I Chairperson Market Zone, says he has already made his own stamp at Shillings 10,000 shillings and is not ready to buy another one at a higher price.

Hamis Napera, the Chairperson of Green Zone, says he was elected by residents and will serve them whether or not he is sworn in.

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The Namwendwa town Council LC III chairperson, Stephen Katawera told URN that it was a district directive that the chairpersons pay for the stamps.

"District officials told me that the government didn't have money to procure stamps for all the villages in my town council and in turn directed me to instruct the village chairpersons to pay a minimal fee of 20,000 Shillings to procure the stamps. Whoever fails will not be sworn in," Katawera said.

Esther Kyabaki, the Communications officer at Kamuli district headquarters denies the claims, saying the village stamps are free of charge. 

"I have not heard of that directive at any one point and as a district, village stamps are free of charge. Whoever is charging money is doing it as an individual," Kyabaki said.