The National Resistance Movement [NRM] party vice chairperson for northern Uganda Sam Engola has lashed at some NRM party carders in Lango sub-region who have accused him of “deleting their names” from the list of those appointed a Resident District Commissioners [RDCs].
In September this year, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni invoked his prerogative and reshuffled all RDCs and their deputies throughout the country. But, the list was short lived since it had irregularities with “some fake names” among appointees.
However the president released another list in October, but this time it left many of the NRM carders, across the country crestfallen after their names were missing.
Speaking on Sunday at Angwet Angwet in Lira Municipality during a thanks giving ceremony organized by new Dokolo RDC, Lawrence Egole, Engola noted that some of the NRM carders were pointing fingers at him and saying he blocked their appointment.
Engola said he should not be victimized because he does not have powers to influence the decision of the president saying, “If I had then, I would not have been dropped from being a minister.”
“Those saying I blocked their appointment as RDC’s should know that I do not have such powers, how can I influence the whole president? Engola asked.
Engola was appointed States Minister for Lands and Housing after winning the Erute South Constituency seat but was dropped after losing to UPC’s Jonathan Odur in 2016 heated elections.
Businessman turned politician appealed to the NRM carders to instead join hands with those appointed to cause development in their respective districts.
George Ojwang Opota, the clan chief of Odyek-omola Atar clan to which Egole subscribes, lauded President Museveni for appointing their son as RDC and also appealed to Egole to serve diligently.
Rev James Okaka of Bar-Ogole Cathedral while delivering his sermon asked Christians to be law abiding citizens and respect their leaders.
Rev Okaka says even when demanding for their rights, Christians and the general citizenry should respect the constitution, adding that those who have breached the law have often ended up being teargased on the streets.
Lawrence Egole said his appointment is a manifestation of God’s kindness to him because he never lobbied for it despite being a loyal NRM carder.
Egole said together with technocrats and political leaders in Dokolo, he will put a spirited fight against corruption and ensure the people of Dokolo benefits from government programs.
Mr Egole – appreciated Sam Engola for paying his tuition from lower secondary to high school especially when he lost his parents.
Speaking at the same event, Lira new RDC Milton Odongo said his mission is to fight graft in the district and Lira Municipality.
Odongo who is not new to controversies and making headlines like when he was in Amuru district as RDC, says he is concerned with the increasing cases of mismanagement of public funds at local government levels.
This, he says is in regard to the recent scandals where shillings 20 million was erroneously paid by Lira municipal council to a private account of one Jimmy Otim, an estate manager at Uganda Technical College [UTC] Lira.
Lira municipal council hierarchy however denies any act of graft saying the money was meant to land on the account of its municipal engineer, Jimmy Otim.
A week later, Lira district local government also came on the spot light as concerns grew on how it spent shillings 650 million disbursed by the Ministry of Education and Sports for the preliminary construction of Akii-Bua Olympic Stadium in Lira district.