Lira LC5 Chairman, ex aide in tough accountability feud

Lira district LC5 Chairman, Alex Patrick Oremo Alot. File photo.

For years, the proximity between the Lira district LC5 Chairperson, Hon. Alex Oremo Alot and his former aide, Anthony Ojuka was inseparable.

Ojuka who represents the people of Lira Sub County to Lira district Council was in Oremo’s cabinet as secretary production and natural resources.

He also served as district vice chairperson before 2016 election. After 2016 election, he was thrown out by Oremo who appointed ‘soft’ George Okello Ayo, the Ngetta and Adekokwok Sub Counties representative to be his deputy whilst secretary education and health.

When Ayo had a nasty motorbike accident on Lira- Kitgum road last year and got bedridden for months, Oremo appointed Ojuka whom he had sacked prior as acting district Vice chairperson.

What’s seriously tearing them?

Alex Oremo has come out to refute allegation on him by his former aid. He warned the Lira Sub County locals never to take as too serious whatever their councilor, Anthony Ojuka is saying.

In a telephone interview with TND News reporter Immaculate Amony on Thursday evening, Alot said Lira district has planned to construct and rehabilitate roads within Amac, Agali and Lira Sub Counties in the coming fiscal year of 2018-2019 on Force on Account.

Oremo’s revelation follows numerous allegations by Anthony Ojuka who said Lira District under the leadership of Alex Oremo Alot has diverted shs.80 million which was meant for construction of road in Boke parish in Adekokwok Sub County and another road in Lira Sub County   connecting to Kole district.

Anthony Ojuka (R) with former Lira RDC, Mwaka Lutukumoi (M).

Addressing press in Lira town recently, Ojuka said this is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly.

According to him, development in affected Sub Counties has been affected.

“The Kole border road was already in the 2017- 2018 budget but Chairman Oremo Alot diverted this money to be used for constructing roads in Boke parish,” Ojuka said.

Ojuka also revealed that the district chairman is planning to use a different fund for next financial year to upgrade on road bordering Lira and Kole district.

However, Oremo Alot says Ojuka´s allegations are baseless and only meant for cheap popularity.

“The delay came as a result of late release of funds for the 4th Quarter by the central government,” he sounded.

“I want to tell the people of Lira especially those in Lira Sub County that if your leaders are saying the money meant for construction of roads in your area is not there, it is a big lie. The 4th Quarter fund released recently is currently being used to construct roads in Lira, Amach and Bar sub counties. So we will construct the road from Omodo market to Akalo border in Kole District,” Oremo added.

The district chairman also said the district has already allocated shs.69m for fuelling graders to ensure that the roads in all these Sub Counties are worked on.

Oremo requested locals in areas where construction works are due to start to cooperate with constructors.

“So, no one should say money for constructing roads in Lira Sub County is not there because it is there; that of Bar is also there even the one for finishing the Amach road is also there. I want a leader who tells the truth to his people and that is why I want to denounce the lies being spread by councilor Hon. Anthony Ojuka who is misinforming his people and I want to tell the people of Lira Sub County to drop that lie because that road will be worked on,” Oremo fairly assured locals.

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