This follows a secret love conversation on phone between Okao and a lower level civil servant, Patricia Atim, the Lujorongole Parish Chief in Lakwana Sub-County, Omoro District. Atim is married to Godfrey Okello Novey, a porter attached to Awor Health Centre II, also in Lakwana.
The Kal Kwaro of Puranga (Puranga Chiefdom) has summoned the Omoro District LC 5 Chairperson, Peter Okello Douglas alias Okao over suspicions of committing adultery.
This follows a secret love conversation on phone between Okao and a lower-level civil servant, Patricia Atim, the Lujorongole Parish Chief in Lakwana Sub-County, Omoro District. Atim is married to Godfrey Okello Novey, a simple porter attached to Awor Health Centre II, also in Lakwana.
The leaked 22 minutes and 45 seconds voice audio footage was recorded on 28 October 2021, and has gone viral on social media platforms. The recording is broadly confirmed by concerned members of the public and implicates Okao of an extramarital affair, a taboo in the Acholi culture.
In the recording, the Chairman says he was only being merciful to his lover's husband over insubordination. He said he would cause him to be summoned by the District Health Officer, Chief Administrative Officer to face interdiction for three months.
//Cue in; “An awaconi ankonye…'//
Cue out… kica atima ba.”//
According to the phone conversation, Atim and her husband were at logger heads over the chairman’s suspicious repeated phone calls.
Atim was also heard saying she keeps deleting the Chairman’s call records from her call logs to erase evidence that would destabilize her marriage.
//Cue in; “Pe nyuta ni …'//
Cue out… watye wani kwede.”//
The Chairman also proposed to cause the transfer of Atim to the newly created Lakwaya sub-County, his home area as the Community Development Officer in the event that her husband continues to become hostile over their secret affairs.
//Cue in; “An mede gin…//
Cue out… CDO Lakwaya dong.”//
This has brought the stature of the Chairman to public disrepute attracting derogatory criticism from members of the public. They now want the chairman investigated on allegations of abuse of office and sexual harassment.
It is against his background that the leadership of Puranga Chiefdom has written a letter summoning the trio, through the District Speaker to appear before them on Sunday 28 November in Lamin Rwot village at 10:00 am.
The letter dated 26 November written in Acholi, and authored by the Puranga Chiefdom Prime Minister Francis Mawa calls onthe trio to keep time as the matter to be discussed relates to the important situation at hand.
“Some husbands may not allow their wives to work or participate in leadership in Omoro district if we operate in such an environment where women are sexually harassed by their bosses,” a female councilor fumed.
Adultery is no longer a criminal offence in Uganda. In 2007, the Constitutional Court struck it off the Penal Code in a landmark ruling. The court unanimously ruled that Section 154 of the Penal Code Act, which criminalized adultery, was unconstitutional.