By Our Reporter
Authorities in Dokolo district, Northern region have embarked on a process of recovering bicycles sold by Local Council One Chairpersons that were given by government.
Early this year, government delivered bicycles to all LCI Chairpersons in the country to facilitate the work of the village chairpersons, including mobilising locals for government programmes.
However, most of the bicycles have been sold off by the Chairpersons over several reasons. Some of the LCI’s attribute the move to poverty, others say they are too old to ride the bicycles and would have preferred motorcycles, whereas others in mountainous areas like Bugisu blame the terrain.
In Dokolo district, authorities have so far recovered at least seven bicycles allegedly sold by the LCI chairpersons.
While addressing Local district bosses in Mbale during the Uganda district speakers’ association [UDCOSA] annual general meeting, the Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi blasted Bugisu local leaders for selling off government properties saying the sub region ranks number one in the vice.
Magyezi said that most of the bicycles which were given to LCIs and motorcycles given to LCIII chairpersons have been sold off.
The Minister revealed that the Ministry will soon carry out an audit of all government bicycles and motorcycles and any local leader who will be found not having the bike, will have his/her salary cut until the money is recovered.