Tom Butime, the minister for local government has rejected a request by a section of Kabale district councilors to have their district chairperson censured.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale district chairperson was recently branded incompetent and corrupt by a section of district councilors who wanted him out of office.
Among the twelve reasons that councilors had availed as evidence to pin him was that Keihwa allegedly stole fifteen bags of Irish potato seeds that were meant for all the district councilors.
According to a letter that has been seen by this website, minister Butime rejected the councilors’ request citing lack of sufficient evidence to censure the chairperson.
“I have in accordance with section 14(4) of the Local Government Act Cap.243, perused and evaluated the alleged grounds for the removal of the District Chairperson in the said Notice and found they lack particulars of charge. The Notice also lacks the necessary documents and sufficient evidence on the issues raised in your petition,” the Minister wrote.
Butime further guided the grieved councilors to proceed wit their petition by submitting the necessary documents to have the chairman out office.
“The petitioners should submit the matter with the necessary documentation to enable me proceed with the petition as stipulated in the relevant laws governing such matters. The purpose of this communication is to forward to you the above guidance for your action accordingly” Butime wrote in advice.
Chairperson Keihwa shortly after the councilors had filed in the petition held a press conference at the district headquarters and refuted all the twelve grounds the councilors had raised against him. He said those with intentions to stand against him in the coming elections were behind the infamous censure agenda.