By Steven Ainganiza
KABAROLE. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has finalized plans to sack all incompetent Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) in the country, according to Tom Butime the Local Government minister.
He said this during Kabarole district leaders’ conference held at Kitumba district headquarters on Tuesday.
He said, “Government is angered by the CAOs who have neglected the supervisory and monitoring work to the district chairpersons who are already overwhelmed by responsibilities.”
The minister said that according to the Local Government Act, the CAO is a Permanent Secretary charged with the responsibility of accountability of the funds disbursed to a district, supervise government programs, heads of department, mentor the staff and monitoring NGOs and government projects but to the president’s disappointment, they only sit in office to account for funds.
“They would be solving the land issues, environmental degradation cases being reported in the district. The environment and lands officer showing incompetence would be handled by these CAOs but have they done it?” Butime wondered.
Minister Butime revealed that the president’s decision stems from the massive destruction of Zoka forest in the districts of Amuria, Adjumani and Omoro by people from Kampala felling trees and ferrying them as CAOs in these districts look on.
He however commended Kabarole district chairperson for the leaders’ conference initiative that brings together different leaders and stakeholders to give them accountability of the completed projects, the challenges encountered and plans for the next Financial Year.
He also lauded the leadership for proper utilization of the Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program (UWEP) funds that have gone to the intended beneficiaries unlike in some districts where it has ended in the hands of leaders.
Rwabuhinga Richard, Kabarole district LC5 Chairperson said the leaders' conference is an annual event aimed at giving accountability to the lower local leaders and the public through highlighting the completed projects, the planned projects and the challenges.
He asked the government to increase funding for Local Governments.