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Village Chairperson Impeached Over His Children's Involvement in Criminal Activities :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Village Chairperson Impeached Over His Children's Involvement in Criminal Activities

Joseph Namutukula, another resident says that despite holding several harmonization meetings between Balidawa and his sons, they have been reluctant to reform their criminal ways.
Juma Balidawa, the LC I Chairperson of Bukalango village in Nakalama sub-county in Iganga district has lost his seat because of the alleged involvement of his children in criminal activities. At least 200 residents representing family heads converged at Nakalama sub-county headquarters on Wednesday and impeached Balidawa from office for failure to prevail over his son.

The residents claimed that whoever operations against thieves are conducted in the area, Balidawa's sons are often arrested with exhibits and he instead shields them from prosecution on top of threatening residents against filing complaints with the police. Amanda Namwase, one of the residents says that one of Balidawa's sons grabbed her handbag containing Shillings 200,000 but much as the phone was recovered from them, Balidawa directed her not to report the matter to the police. 

"Members of the village vigilante group mounted a search in the home of Balidawa's sons where they recovered five stolen phones, electrical appliances, and other unspecified exhibits, but the matter was never handed over to police," she said. Joseph Namutukula, another resident says that despite holding several harmonization meetings between Balidawa and his sons, they have been reluctant to reform their criminal ways. 

Hamza Bogere, the GISO of Nakalama sub-county, says that Balidawa's sons are always linked to all the criminal activities in the area, which has since deprived him of any sense of fairness while ruling over matters involving his children. Bogere adds that, following endless complaints of criminal cases against his sons, Balidawa has lost the moral credibility to preside over the affairs of the village, and relieving him of his duties is timely. 

Hamidu Kawanguzi, the Nakalama sub-county LC III chairperson says that the roles of the L.C.1 chairperson have been handed over to the Bukona parish LC II chairperson, Badiru Bafilawala, as they await for the electoral commission to organize fresh elections in the area. Balidawa has since handed over the village stamp and other instruments of power to Bafilawala and apologized to the residents. He explained that his efforts to discipline his sons and deter them from participating in criminal activities have not yielded any results. 

Balidawa says that three of his sons have brought him shame throughout the village and has promised to hand them over to the police authorities for appropriate action.

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