Lira city council clerk writes to west div. over no business

(Last Updated On: 24 March 2023)

The Lira city council clerk has expressed concern about the delayed council meeting for the Lira city west division.

For close to 8 months now, the division has not held a single council meeting. This has contravened provisions in the Local Government Act.

Now, the Lira city clerk has written to the acting division town clerk of the aforementioned division demanding to know why it has taken long without the council of Lira city west holding council meetings (business).

In his letter dated March 20, 2023, to city west acting clerk, Jimmy Angole, Tibihika Theophilus wrote that it has reached his notice that the division has not held any council meeting for the last 8 months under unclear circumstances.

According to Tibihika, Regulations 9 (1) part 111 of the Third Schedules Provides that a local government council shall meet for the discharge of its function at least once in two months.

He says councilors are supposed to attend council meetings, committee meetings, and other sub-committee meetings, adding “it can’t be delegated”.

He has ordered Angole Jimmy to put in writing explaining why it has taken months without having any council meeting.

He also wants Angole to point out the names of those whom he thinks have not done their part leading to the failure to have the meetings.

When contacted for comments, Jimmy Angole confirmed that he received a letter from his superior over the same.

Meanwhile, the division west council speaker Daniel Okello said his efforts to call for council meetings were frustrated by the division town Clerk and the executives of Lira city west.

The saga in Lira city west division started last year when a section of councilors and Mayor Mike Ogwal Achonga raised a motion to censure speaker Daniel Okello out of office over accusations of incompetence, abuse of office and not being loyal to the mayor and the executives

By Ceaser Okello & Frank Oyugi 

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