By John Ogulei
The outgoing Soroti City Clerk has broken silence over his transfer to Gulu City as Acting City Clerk.
Moses Otimong was part of the 163 Accounting Officers who were recently approved by the Secretary to the Treasury, Patrick Ocailap and he is being replaced by Ambrose Ocen who has been in Jinja City.
While speaking to this reporter at his Soroti Office yesterday 22nd April 2021, Otimong said that his transfer has come at a time when Soroti needs resourceful people to help nurture its growth.
“People of Teso have a reason to celebrate because their own going to manage a city that’s bigger than Soroti four times is a big achievement,” Otimong bragged before adding that in the recent history of Gulu, he is the first Easterner to be appointed as director of the city.
“Gulu is a big city followed by Mbarara in terms of capacity, organization, funding and infrastructure development. I pray people of Teso will now use my being in Gulu to nurture the young growing Soroti City,” He noted.
The unbothered Otimong told this reporter that hundreds of Soroti residents are crying for him to remain because of his good deeds.
“Many people are crying for me to remain apart from politicians and few elements who have been fed with a lot of lies but I have no option. I have to go and offer services to the people of Gulu. I will not abandon Soroti. I will keep supporting the new City Clerk with ideas now that I am going to a bigger City than Soroti,” the unmoved Otimong narrated.
Otimong who spoke at length also refuted allegations that he wants to move with the Soroti City East Division Town Clerk, Abraham Omaido saying he has no powers to request to be transferred with Omaido.
“Am not a local person. I am an appointee of the Central Government not the city just like the RDC. So spreading falsehoods that I want to be transferred with Omaido isn’t good. My deployment is based on Central Government and am not responsible for the cross transfer of Division Town Clerks,” he added.
Otimong is expected to vacate Soroti City as City Clerk on 1st July 2021.
On the other hand Paul Omer wished Otimong well in his new office. The two have been bickering from 2018 to date.