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LCI Chairpersons Warned Against Misusing Stamps

Magyezi said that earlier on, LCIs had received stamps that were not uniform and easy to forge, adding that these flaws have been addressed.
Minister Magyezi handing over the new stamps to district leaders.

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The Minister for Local Government, Raphael Magyezi, has cautioned LCI chairpersons against misusing the new stamps that are being given out countrywide.   

While officiating at the handover ceremony of the new stamps at Kabarole district headquarters on Thursday, Magyezi said that earlier on, LCIs had received stamps that were not uniform and easy to forge, adding that these flaws have been addressed.   

At an event that was attended by the local council and district leaders from Rwenzori Sub-region, he explained that the new stamps are coded with security features and if misused, the chairpersons will be solely responsible.  

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Magyezi asked the Chief Administrative Officers – CAOs from the Sub-region to facilitate village meetings to ensure the LC 1 chairpersons in their respective districts declare the new stamps to their electorate.   

He also directed that before receiving the new stamps, village chairpersons must the first handover the old ones to their respective Resident District Commissioners - RDCs.

The Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, Sarah Julian Ayesiga, noted that some village chairpersons have been abetting livestock theft in the Sub-region by stamping on permits of the thieves without even verifying the origin of the animals.   

Ayesiga added that on several occasions, they have arrested suspected livestock thieves and village chairpersons have always pleaded for their release, arguing that they are innocent.   

This, the RDC said, must stop with immediate effect now that better stamps are being given to them.   

Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LCV Chairperson, expressed displeasure with the little remuneration of the local council leaders especially LCIs, saying the 120,000 shillings they receive annually is not commensurate with their workload.  

He asked the minister to consider a pay raise for them so that they can be motivated to work diligently.

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In Arua, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government Ben Kumumanya that appropriate action will be taken against LCs who will misuse the official stamps.   

According to Kumumanya, the stamps will help build and sustain the capacity of local governments and administrative units to perform better.

Jimmy Tekwo the LCI Chairperson for Arua CPS says that the new stamps will address the numerous challenges of forgeries.

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