LIRA: Four councillors arrested for locking district main gate over delayed allowances

The councilors in a heated exchange with police at the main gate, said they want their money/allowances paid clocking to about 12m shillings.

LIRA, UGANDA; Business at Lira District headquarters came to a standstill for close to two hours on Thursday as four district councillors were arrested for locking the main gate leading to the chambers over delayed allowances.

Ojoka Isaac (Agweng town council), Odunu Moses, and Inaa Charles (Agali sub-county), Denis Owera (Amach town council) were arrested at around 4:30 PM on Thursday.

The councilors in a heated exchange with police at the main gate, said they want their money/allowances paid clocking to about 12m shillings.

According to Lira LC5 chairman Hon Richard Cox Okello Orik, what they are demanding is what is not there, all their monuments were paid to dot.

Okello however told the DPC that stubborn people led by Okello Boney and Ojok Isaac locked the gate.

“They have blocked the gate, we know them, they are very stubborn. DPC just get the forces to come in and get them”, said LCV Orik

One of the councillors who spoke to DailyExpress before his arrest on condition of anonymity said the district chairman Okello Orik should not intimidate them on the issue of their allowance otherwise they will come out from the police cell and begin working for his political downfall immediately and promised to follow all the mess behind the chairman in Lira district.

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While addressing the honourable councillors at the Lira district chamber, DPC Bakaleke Joseph told them [councillors] that he earlier pleaded with them to open the gate but they stubbornly refused to force him to swing into action and opened the gate forcefully.

Several councillors were left wandering the drama that ensued which made the planned council meeting that was scheduled to take place Thursday the 29th of June 2023 fail to kick off.

The speaker of Lira City, Hon Okwir Patrick advised his colleague in the district to behave in the proper way expected of them rather than pulling ropes in the council administration.

Speaking to DailyExpress in an exclusive interview, Hon Okwir said that there are rules and procedures that the council must adhere to, not tension in the council.

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According to Okwir, closing the offices of responsible leaders is not something he would condone but encouraged his colleague from even other councils to implore other ways to solve the matter.

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