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Tororo councillors clash over new district

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th June 2009 03:00 AM

TORORO district councillors on Wednesday nearly fought following divisions over a private motion on the proposed creation of two districts.

By Moses Nampala

TORORO district councillors on Wednesday nearly fought following divisions over a private motion on the proposed creation of two districts.

The members engaged in heckling and exchanged demeaning remarks when the clerk, Samali Sabaano, read out the creation of new districts as one of the items on the agenda.

A section of predominantly Iteso councillors, led by Okiror Okong, protested, saying the manner in which the motion was included on the agenda contravened the local government rules of procedure.

Quoting the Local Government Act, Okong said it was illegal to table a motion without issuing copies to councillors 14 days prior to the meeting.

He explained that councillors in support of debating the motion would outnumber them if the matter was put to vote.
He said the issue of new districts was beyond the council’s jurisdiction.

Tororo county MP Geoffrey Ekanya supported those against debating the motion.

Calm only returned when the deputy resident district commissioner, Richard Gulume, instructed the district Police commander, Venn Gaudencio Okumu, to disband the meeting.

The wrangle follows the Cabinet pronouncement last month that Tororo would be split into Kisoko and Mukujju districts.

Tororo councillors clash over new district

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