By Solomon Hamala
Iganga District Local Council V has voted to have the Resident District Commissioner transferred.
In a Council meeting held on the 9th of November, members resolved that the Iganga RDC, Eva Kwesiga be thrown out of office.
In a letter from the district chairperson’s office, Patrick Kayemba, to the Minister of Presidency, Esther Mbayo dated 12th Nov 2020, the Council accused Nalongo of incompetence, misconduct and misbehavior.
The motion to oust Nalongo was fronted by Hakim Bogere, the Nakigo Sub County Councilor and seconded by Yakuti Kalange, Councilor Iganga Central division.
The Council accuses the RDC of disrespecting the district chairperson and councilors.
“She has demeaned and degraded elected leaders in the entire district at all levels on several radio talk shows,” part of the document reads.
The letter further pins Nalongo for interfering with the District Service Commission’s recruitment process.
She is said to have stopped the district recruitment in a letter to the chairman district service commission, Muduli Christopher.
Her woes were also worsened by the demolition and eviction of kiosks and small business operators in Iganga Municipality and Namungalwe town council. It’s said that this was even done in the absence of the kiosk and business owners during the lockdown, and that property worth millions was lost. The council noted that this was against the President’s directive of not evicting people during the lockdown.
Nalongo is also said to be the cause of the reduction in program budgets of NAADS, Operation Wealth Creation and the SDP program, due to her interference in the programs’ activities unprofessionally.
It should also be noted that she had stopped Council sessions, and Monday’s convention followed the council writing to the Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi, seeking guidance, who gave the council a go ahead.
“Our council is made of 36 members, both councilors and technical staff but she suspended our sessions! Yet the President said the number shouldn’t be more than 70,” one councilor said adding to the letter.
The letter also indicates that efforts to have Nalongo who seems to have been at war with the Council to sit down to resolve their differences proved futile.
She is said to have been invited for the council meeting on 26th May to harmonize the situation but didn’t turn up, as she said this wasn’t necessary.
The Councilors quoting the above issues decided that Nalongo be transferred and Iganga be given a new broom in the President’s office.
Speaking to Nalongo, she rubbished all the allegations and saying they were baseless.