The Gulu Municipal Council business on Wednesday ended prematurely after some critical councilors realized forgery of council documents and also what they termed as fraud by the Council Speaker Hon. Okwera Peter Onen, Clerk to Council and Town Clark, Francis Barabanawe.
This alleged forgery and fraud was detected by 19 council members [councilors] who soon reported and opened up a criminal case against the above officers at Gulu Central Police Station.
The trio have been charged with forgery and frauds vide SD 40/11/09/2018 as police’s investigations continue.
Komakech Richard Oketayot, a councilor representing Bar-dege division said that the reason why the council business ended up prematurely was due to misconduct of the above officers for backdating all the council documents to 10/7/2018.
By so doing, it indicated that the council sat that day and resolved on the matter of the Standing Committee which he says is before the Court.
Some Gulu Municipal Councilors went to Court on the issue and the manner on how the Standing Committee was resolved by the council which he said never happened.
Oketayot also added that business could not continue as quorum was not met with only 15 councilors out of 35 present for Wednesday session.
“It’s against Local Government Act and Rules of Procedures which doesn’t allow council business to take place without realizing the quorum which the Speaker was forcing us to,” he added.
By press time, none of the accused was able to comment on the allegation as they were meeting under lock and key.
The Aswa Region Police spokesperson Patrick Okema says investigations into the allegations have started.