Court bailiffs finally open Masindi CAO’s office

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Masindi | Bunyoro Sqoop:- BICOM associates the court bailiffs operating in Masindi district have today opened Masindi CAO’s office which has remained closed  for close to one month.

The CAO’s office was closed on the 9th of September 2019 after Masindi district council passed a resolution instructing the district chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga, to close it on grounds that the chief administrative officer, John Nyakahuma had crippled service delivery in the district.

The district council  also  resolved to temporarily suspend financial transactions except salary and other agent issues.

The council also accused the CAO of mismanagement of money meant for road gangs , causing division in the council and among the civil servants something  the council said had led to endless conflicts and crippled of service delivery.

The council also indicated that the same CAO failed to utilize 47 million shillings meant for buying three motorcycles until it was returned back to the centre.

On the 9th of September 2019 ,Cosmas Byaruhana, the LCV chairperson Masindi district  closed the office at around 6:00 in the way of  implementing the  council resolution which directed the district chairman to close the CAO’s office with immediate effect.

The continued closer of the office prompted, John Nyakahuma, the CAO Masindi to run to court to seek legal redress. On Friday last week Selsa Biwaga the Masindi grade 1 magistrate issued an order instructing Masindi LC5 Chairman to hence force open the office of the Chief Administrative officer which had been under lock for close to one month.

A court order issued by Grade one Magistrate also ordered the PS Ministry of local Government to intervene and resolve the difference between the CAO and the district council for continuity of operations and to avoid the disruption of government programs.

Today the order was implemented by Moses Byaruhanga a court bailiffs from  BICOM associates and witnessed by the District Police Commander Masindi, Samuel Odongo, the Deputy CAO Masindi, Alexander Kikwaya, the district Vice chairman Kassimu Kabagonza, the secretary for finance Salaama Kugonza among others. Both the CAO, John Nyakahuma and the district chairman Cosmas Byaruhanga were not in attendance.

Samuel Odongo, the DPC Masindi said  the CAO is free to occupy his office saying that he can sit in and do his work as they wait settle out their impasse.

Alexander Kikwaya the deputy CAO Masindi expressed happiness saying that the closer of the office has been hampered service delivery in the district.

 Kassimu Kabagonza the LCV chairperson  noted that when they received a court order they sat as an executive and agreed to open the office as they find other ways of resolving their issues.

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